The old cop show “Baretta” opened with Sammy Davis Jr. singing, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” Not bad advice.
But here’s some more: “Young kid picks up a gun, his innocence is done.” You can interpret that a lot of ways.
Nemus Parks was 14 on Feb. 7 when he shot Daniel Meitzenheimer, 21, in the forehead with a handgun, charges state. Police said Meitzenheimer was parked at Longacre Ponds Luxury Apartments in Fairview Heights, doing a drug deal when Parks shot and robbed him. He and another teen dragged the victim behind the apartments.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said Parks is the youngest person he has charged as an adult. He filed attempted murder and armed robbery charges against Parks, who is now 15.
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Society’s failure? Maybe, but society must protect itself. Parks was mature enough at age 14 to obtain a gun, plan a drug deal, plot a robbery and try to stash a victim he must have assumed would not survive.
Maybe the right phrase is, “Don’t do adult crime if you can’t do adult time.”