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Two young criminals, Steven Crider (16) and Michael Sambrano (14), discovered the error of their ways in the early morning hours of May 4, 2012. Upon breaking into the Sacramento, California, home of an elderly woman in her 60's they were both shot dead.
California homeowners are protected by legislation that protects their right to defend themselves and their property, often called "Stand Your Ground" legislation. Police ruled the shootings self-defense, not a stretch given both dead criminals were found inside the house.
Naturally Lisa Sambrano, mother of the dead 14 year old home invader, complained to the media,
"I just don't understand why they were shot multiple times."
Then you are a profoundly dumb woman, Lisa Sambrano. Your son broke into the home of an elderly woman whose home. He was a criminal who thought he could do as he pleased with no consequences for his criminal actions. He was wrong and paid for his stupidity with his life.
Christina Sambrano, slain criminal Michael Sambrano's younger sister, whined to the press:
"They were on their way out the door, and I just think it was wrong that they were shot."
Given your younger daughter sees no issue with her brother's criminal actions, Ms. Sambrano, only with his being shot dead because of them, you really ought to brush up on your parenting skills and teach your daughter the concept of "personal responsibility". Clearly your daughter has no clue about this fundamental building block of character.
A couple of questions you may also want to ask yourself, Ms. Sambrano, are these:
1. What was your 14-year-old son doing breaking into a home after midnight on a school night?
2. Why was he not home in bed getting a good night's sleep in preparation for school on Monday morning?
Let me guess... you have absolutely no idea.
Here's how a rational and sensible people view the killing of your criminal son and his moronic friend Steven Crider.
Other residents in the neighborhood believe the teens got what they deserved for burglarizing homes in the area. Robert Robinson's home was burglarized twice and he said:
"Justice was served."
David Keck, another neighbor told the media:
"He was not an innocent bystander. I'm sorry the little boys or teenagers were killed, but if it's my family, my family comes first."
It is unfortunate that two young men lost their lives in the early morning hours of May 4th, 2014. However, I will not lose any sleep over their untimely deaths as both these young criminals got precisely what they deserved.
Thieves broke into this elderly woman's home two times prior to May 4th as well, April 20th and April 29th. After the second break-in she called her brother, a man in his 70's, to come stay with her for a while. She was naturally scared for her life after being broken into twice in the early hours of the morning in under two weeks.
Less than a week later Steven Crider and Michael Sambrano broke into her home. Fingerprint evidence showed that one of the two teens, although police did not specify which one, matched prints from the break-in on April 20th.
Yeah, good little boys these, right?
On the plus side of two dead home-invading criminals is the unintended consequence it provides... this area of Sacramento will likely be safe from robberies and break-ins for some time to come.
That's a good thing.