Saturday, December 16, 2006

Follow Up--Smoothie King Robbery

Often the news is reported and we are left to wonder about the outcome of situation. That fire at that abandon warehouse that makes for a pretty video on the evening news and is reported as having a cause that is under investigation rarely is is the subject of a follow up when the findings are reported. Unfortunately the same is not true in the case of a tragic fire with the loss of life as that often will warrant an explanation.

Former Whitman football player will serve 10 days in jail
Judge orders teen to serve 30 days of home detention, complete 150 hours of community service and three years of supervised probation

A former Walt Whitman High School student began serving a 10-day jail sentence today for his role in planning the robbery of a Bethesda smoothie store.

Patrick Lazear, 17, considered to be one of the top college football prospects in the region, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, with all but 12 days of the sentence suspended. Circuit Court Judge Katherine D. Savage also gave Lazear credit for serving two days following his arrest in April.

Patrick Lazear's robbery of a Smoothie King discussed in this blog is one of those time where the tragedies that will get that attention. The article does mention the others charged and convicted in this crime but one wonders had this not involved a promising young football player would this have been treated as a mere warehouse fire.


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