Police say nothing was taken from him even though they say Jackson had cased the parking lot looking for a victim.
Police say the gunman rode up to Pilotos’s car on a bicycle and pulled out his weapon and shot him. It happened in the parking lot of the supermarket at Northwest 137th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue.
Truly disgusting case – he didn’t take anything, and just looked for someone to murder. Like a coward, he didn’t even have the guts to look the victim in the eye, and chose an elderly man.
Here’s a quick takeaway – there’s a lot of laws like California’s “three strikes you’re out” criminal policy that enforces minimum sentencing standards. These are controversial because some criminals are incarcerated after some minor infractions. This case provides the counterbalancing argument:
Authorities say he was arrested for burglary in Miami Gardens and for burglary, display of a firearm and aggravated battery in Opa-Locka in May. They say he was arrested for possessing cocaine in September of 2011 and in April of 2011, he was arrested by School Board police for battery on a law enforcement officer.
With that history at age seventeen, this thug is still walking around? What’s more, his age will gain him some lenience:
“He’s a juvenile and he cannot under Florida law receive the death penalty if convicted,” said Vereen. “The state must go to the Grand Jury to get an indictment for first-degree murder. It can direct file second-degree murder charges.”
This egregious crime is one that could have been prevented by stricter minimum sentencing laws. The victim was a Cuban refugee. Imagine that – he escaped a Communist dictatorship only to be murdered by a cowardly thug in a parking lot.