Want to know what’s wrong with gun laws in New York? Just check out what this liberal judge did during the sentencing phase for a gang member who shot up a neighborhood … he blamed society.
With good behavior, Crip gang member Francis Benjamin will only serve about 15 months in prison. The judge felt bad for him – since society failed him – and gave him a 42 month sentence.
“You turned to a gang for family support, for support in your life. And that is where we are failing as a society,” [Judge Michael] Gary said last week at the sentencing. “You are a nobody in terms of that gang. You are literally an instrument of somebody who has far more power than you.”
Benjamin, 21, had been charged with two counts of attempted murder after firing a .43-caliber handgun 11 times at a rival gangbanger and two other men sitting on a stoop in East Flatbush, court papers say.
Benjamin has earned what will be his new role in the Crips when he gets out of jail in 15 months. He was a criminal. He did not legally own the gun and did not have a permit to carry. He did not go through a background check. He couldn’t give a damn about magazine capacity limits. The law is irrelevant to criminals.
He hit one man in the scrotum and leg and another in the chest, but also sent bullets flying into nearby homes where children were present. …
Over prosecutors’ objections, Gary gave him 3¹/₂ years for remaining assault and gun charges, paving the way for him to be released in February 2016.
So a gang member criminal who purposely shoots people and shoots into a residential building during a drive-by will only spend 15 months in prison if he behaves himself. Let’s be clear, 15 months in prison for a 22 year old gang member is nothing to them. It’s a resume builder in the gang world and we all know it.
Anti-gun politicians are fine with this sentence. They would rather spend thousands of hours creating legislation that takes freedom and rights from the law-abiding, instead of implementing strong legislation to punish criminals and let gangs become stronger in cities across the nation.
Sidebar: The Post’s article mentions the gang member was a native of Trinidad, but does not mention if he was a citizen, legal resident or illegal alien.
Sidebar 2: Anyone know where one can pick up a .43 caliber semi-auto handgun?