It by no means ought to’ve occurred: A 17-year-old Bronx teen stands charged with the homicide of another younger man in a botched gang hit — after he was let out by a decide in a previous armed-robbery capturing.
The reputed gangbanger, Steven Mendez, shouldn’t have even seen the sunshine of day: He’d pled responsible to being an confederate in a violent 2020 armed theft and confronted as much as 4 years behind bars — years prosecutors begged the decide to impose.
He had no less than three different busts on his report, together with a 2019 case the place he allegedly slapped his personal mom, pulling a loaded .357 on her.
But appearing Bronx Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle in May gave him solely 5 years’ probation. New York regulation provides judges such discretion, although it gained’t let judges require bail even in lots of gun instances.
So Mendez was out on the road, and so free to allegedly shoot 21-year-old Saikou Koma within the head final month, a killing law-enforcement imagine was a case of mistaken identification.
“What is wrong with this judge?” requested Koma’s dad, Amar Bully Koma, calling it “insane” that Mendez was working free. “If this was the judge’s son, or his nephew or a relative, he would not let him go. The city, the mayor. If this was his kid, they would not let him go. They do not care about us.”
The decide, we’re informed, didn’t suppose a “state prison sentence at that point in his life for a crime committed as an accomplice at the age of 16” was warranted. His rising rap sheet be damned.
In truth, Judge Boyle has a historical past of deadly mercy.
In June, he diminished bail sufficient for Alberto Ramirez, another reputed gangbanger, to stroll — and allegedly hearth a random shot that killed an harmless father of two.
And final yr, Boyle got here underneath hearth for releasing Jordon Benjamin, a 16-year-old charged with manslaughter who allegedly went on to slash a younger girl throughout her abdomen — solely to be launched by Boyle once more.
The soft-on-crime madness infuriates Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, who cited the story in blasting the state’s lunatic “reforms” Tuesday.
“Look at the cover of The New York Post today — another life lost,” Shea informed NY1. “And we’re having this conversation over and over again. Hopefully, hopefully soon, we’ll get some changes, small changes, and we can turn it around in a hurry.”
Voters throughout New York on Election Day despatched a transparent “get tougher” message. Will lawmakers hear?