Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Good News On The Justice Front

The Red Star reports a nice tie-up to a hideous Minneapolis crime which happened on August 13, 2005: "2 plead guilty in hit-run death at Minneapolis gas station". I reported on this story here, here, and here.

Here's the Red Star's account:

A man and a woman involved in a fatal hit-and-run at a south Minneapolis gas station pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder.
Simone K. Stillday of Minneapolis admitted running over Evelyn Geng, 62, after Stillday's passenger stole $50 from Geng at the MotoMart, 3301 Hiawatha Av. S.

Stillday, 24, is expected to receive 23 to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced May 2 by Hennepin County District Judge Harry S. Crump.

Tyreese L. Baker, 29, of St. Paul, who admitted stealing the $50, is expected to receive 12½ years in prison when he is sentenced May 2.
It's not really enough time, but I'm glad these sewer rats are off the street and in prison where they belong.

Geng, who lived about a mile from the MotoMart, had gone into the store to pay while her son filled their car with gas the afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005. While Geng was waiting in line, Baker grabbed a $50 bill from her hand.

Baker said he had been drinking and using crack and marijuana before the robbery.

He said he grabbed the money, ran out and got into the back seat of Stillday's car before Stillday drove over Geng. Baker said he felt two bumps as the car sped off.

"I was a little shocked and scared of what happened," he said. "If I knew that she was going to be run over, I would have given her the money back."
A very sad case.

How long will it be before our friend Nick Coleman, or our friend Doug Grow, or our friend Ruben Rosario writes an ode to these criminals about how their life of abuse and despair drove them to these acts which were committed in a moment of weakness and now they regret it?

I wouldn't put money against it.