It’s very frustrating to see more and more fatherless black men going south and terrorizing society. I know nothing about the five men I’m about to highlight and have done no particular research. However, I doubt seriously that any of them grew up with a stable father in their homes. I guarantee you that most of them have “sired” babies by a variety of women to continue the cycle of roving wolves intimidating and presenting a scourge on society. Have this garbage any shame?
Five young men who staged one of the largest armored car heists in U.S. history, then spent their loot on strippers, Mother’s Day gifts and other luxuries were denied pleas for mercy Monday and ordered to spend at least 25 years in prison.
Calling the $9.8 million robbery an unjustifiable crime, South Carolina judge Michelle Childs sentenced three of the men to at least 25 years each in prison for armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery, and conspiracy. A fourth man was sentenced to three years for conspiracy, and the judge refused to reduce 25-year sentences for two others convicted.
All of these men are under age 30. Many of them will miss the duration of their youth because they will be behind bars like caged slaves.
But here is the saddest part of all of this. They were so ignorant, they had NO CLUE what to do with the money. So how did they spend it?
For a week, the men spent money on strippers, tennis shoes, tattoos, electronics, used cars — even Mother’s Day gifts.
All but one of the six men were arrested about a week after the heist. Nine months later, Lyde was arrested in North Carolina.
Family members say many of the men once volunteered in their communities, helped raise their siblings and aspired to be college graduates despite growing up in rough neighborhoods. One was a college athlete, another a sensitive father who turned to cocaine and alcohol after ending his relationship with the mother of his young daughter.
“He made a mistake,” Darryl Frierson’s father said. “They all made mistakes. … But take me, please don’t take my son. Don’t take him away from his daughter.”
??? A 9.8 million dollar mistake? I wish I had the history of this father’s involvement in his son’s life. In any event, so long! More mess off the streets.
They have no excuse for their crime, as some of them were in college:
Dominic La Shaun Lyde, 24, of Darlington, to 28 years. Authorities say Lyde, who was featured on “America’s Most Wanted” and captured after a nine-month manhunt, assaulted Jones with a gun.
Jeremy McPhail, 21, of Society Hill, to 25 years. Authorities say McPhail was armed and helped overpower Jones.
Paul J. Whitaker, 23, of Sumter, to three years. Authorities said Whitaker, also an Express Teller Services employee, stayed at the office to file a false security check on the truck.
Two other men, Domonique D. Blakney, 21, and his brother, 22-year-old Kelby D. Blakney, were sentenced earlier to 25 years in prison.
Frierson, Whitaker, McPhail and Domonique Blakney attended Benedict College. One of the men later recruited Lyde, Goldberg said. He also said Frierson and the Blakneys are cousins.
The men asked Childs for leniency because of their ages, their extensive family support and the fact that most of them had little or no prior criminal record.
Hat tip to Greg