Yes on the first. Perhaps yes on the second.
And as with Huckabee, you are looking for scapegoats. Perhaps if Clemmons had served a longer sentence he might have improved himself. Perhaps he would have been worse. Now we will never know. Cold comfort for the dead police officers and their families, though.
Perhaps if he hadn’t been given a sentence at 16 that turned him into a violent maniac and caused him to go from petty thief to rapist and murderer - as has happened the majority of times when such sentences have been handed down - he wouldn’t have been a killer. We’ll never know. But we can certainly analyze and look at the facts as the only way of trying to prevent numerous other cases.
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