Court records in West Virginia show that both suspects involved in last week’s deadly shooting in the state, killing one sheriff’s deputy and injuring another, have long criminal histories. Richie Holcomb, who died during the shootout, was convicted of a felony in 2014 stemming from another felony the year prior. He also faced felony charges in two separate 2017 cases – one for sexual assault and the other for grand larceny, both of which were dismissed. But his criminal history dates back even further to 2005 for other misdemeanor charges.
Brent Kelly, the other suspect, had a criminal history dating back to 2013, including possession of a controlled substance, driving with a revoked license, and operating a vehicle without an inspection certificate. His most recent criminal case was in March of this year.
Once again, the tragic effects of recidivism play out in the worst of circumstance. With all of these second, third, fourth, and even more chances, where is the empathy and consideration for the families grieving the loss of a loved one who isn’t getting a second chance at life?
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