This past Tuesday, a now 20-year-old Dylan Lentini was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the stabbing murder of his craigslist roommate, Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York. Lentini argued that he killed Wimbert in self-defense as the much larger 68-year-old man was trying to rape him.
Lentini reportedly was causing disruptions in court earlier in the day proclaiming his innocence and interrupting proceedings. Court was in recess for two hours before the judge rendered the sentence. Several people had sent letters and testimony to the court claiming that Wimbert was sexually inappropriate with many other people however, the judge felt the fact that Lentini did not meet the self-defense criteria since he stabbed Wimbert 30 times. Lentini’s own sister even told local New York news that he was manipulative and capable of violence.
It seems that in this instance that no one is a good guy and there is no happy ending.
Personally, I have my own doubts about this story. While Wimbert’s craigslist ad makes it appear he was looking for a ‘roommate with benefits’, which has lead to sexual assaults in the past, the number of times Lentini stabbed Wimbert makes me have doubts about the self-defense claim. Unfortunately, there’s not always a clear-cut ending.
Lentini is looking at a term of 25 to life when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29th.
You can see my first post on Veron Primus here. He’s been the main person of interest in the 2006 murder of 16-year-old Chanel Petro-Nixon. Primus had recently been arrested on murder and kidnapping charges in the island country of St. Vincent. Investigators in Brooklyn say thanks to that arrest they were able to obtain evidence that allegedly connects Primus to Chanel’s murder. Authorities in Brooklyn are not saying at this time what the evidence is but that they are looking for even more evidence.
There has been some question as to whether or not Dylan Lentini killed 66-year-old Michael Wimbert of West Nyack, New York, in self-defense or cold blood. A 19-year-old Lentini started rooming with the elder Wimbert after responding to the older man’s ad for a roommate on craigslist. Lentini claims that he stabbed Wimbert almost 30 times in self-defense after Wimbert sexually assaulted him. If this was the ad that Wimbert placed that does not sound too farfetched. Lentini has also has several vocal supporters who claim that he is innocent, however his own sister is not one of them.
Lentini’s half-sister, 21-year-old Ashara Smith, believes in her heart that Lentini is guilty. She claims that Lentini is indeed capable of this level of violence and that he was playing Michael Wimbert. She believes that Lentini was manipulative and heavy drug user who is said to have allegedly killed two kittens. She also claims to be in fear for her life if he were to ever get out of jail.
Do I believe that she’s telling the truth? That remains to be seen. I have seen people tell more malicious lies to suit their own needs but her account of events should not be dismissed just yet, at least not without a reason for why she might lie.
In the wake of Dionne Younce we have another female school employee getting into the Snapchat game. This time it’s 38-year-old Sara McLaughlin, of Loudonville, New York, who is accused of allegedly sending a 16-year-old male student a nude pic of herself over the pic and video sharing app Snapchat. McLaughlin is the secretary at a private school in Albany. She is not believed to have had any kind of physical contact with the student.
One of Snapchat’s main features is supposed to be that the pictures are temporary and will delete themselves after a specified period of time. However, that never stops anyone from taking a screen capture and that’s supposedly what the 16-year-old recipient of the pic did. As we all know 16-year-old boys almost always brag to their friends.
Once again people are actually coming out in defense of this practice saying it’s not big deal for a grown woman to do this to a minor boy. However, if this was a case of a male teacher sending a dick pic to a minor female student they’d be setting up a gallows in the middle of town square. No matter the gender involved this is wrong on every level. Our children need to be less sexualized these days, not more.
If she is guilty the suspect should be repeatedly forced to watch those SPCA commercials with that singer. You know, whatshername. “In the arms of an angel.” That one.
Chanel Petro-Nixon was 16 in 2006 when she was strangled to death in Brooklyn, but to date no one has been charged with her murder. As recently as 2014 the NYPD said that they had a person of interest in her murder but could not physically connect him to the crime.
The story took a strange turn recently as the person of interest, 29-year-old Veron Primus, has been arrested on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent for allegedly stabbing another woman to death. Primus is accused of murdering 24-year-old real estate agent Sharleen Greaves last year. Primus was a classmate of Chanel’s back in 2006 and was the last person believed to be with her before she disappeared. Primus was being questioned about the alleged kidnapping of another St. Vincent woman when, from what I understand, found evidence implicating him in the murder of Ms. Graves and possibly one other woman.
I hope for the sake of Chanel’s family that this somehow will finally allow New York police bring justice for Chanel.
I’ll post more on Primus and his more recent alleged crimes as information becomes available and time allows.
A 14-year-old boy from Brooklyn, New York is said to be partially blinded after an e-cigarette exploded in his face at a kiosk at a mall that was selling the apparatus. The article I linked to is from Fox News which does tend to be sensationalistic but it’s a symptom of a larger problem when it comes to the media and vaping.
First off the ‘kiosk’ was obviously not all that concerned about carding someone who they were trying to sell a nicotine product to. That may be an indicator that they may be trying to sell substandard products. Secondly let’s take the word e-cigarette out of the equation and replace it with another common item. If the headline read ’14-year-old left blinded after car explodes’ would we be calling for the entire auto industry to be shut down? Next, not all e-cigarettes or vaporizers are the same. Was it a high-end brand name or some kind of knock off made in a third world country? And lastly how many fires today are still caused by careless cigarette use despite the ‘fire safety’ cigarettes they sell now? They’re still on the market and show no sign of ever being removed.
Vaping is not for everyone. I get that. However it has helped an overabundance of people kick the habit of smoking. So when a fear mongering article like this one shows up in the media about vaping, question it like you should most melodramatic articles written by an exaggerating media.
24-year-old Daniel Williams is a security guard at a Long Island high school. He was arrested yesterday for allegedly recording a 16-year-old male student using the stall without the student’s knowledge. Williams then reportedly broadcast the recording over Snapchat. He is also said to have shared the video with another person while face to face with them and this person reportedly contacted authorities.
I guess I have to point out again that it seems that Snapchat is the tool of choice for school employed creepers. Of all the Snapchat stories I’ve posted the majority of the suspects have been employed by either schools or athletic classes. I don’t know if that’s a bigger indictment on our country’s education system or our society in general.
First let me apologize for my weird fascination with alliteration. Unfortunately there’s nothing humorous about this story.
61 year-old Raymond Crum of Cheektowaga, New York, has been charged with allegedly using the mobile messaging app Kik to produce child porn. In one instance Crum is accused of having had a somewhat BDSM relationship with a girl from Kentucky that started when she was 12 in which the girl sent Crum explicit pictures of herself. After further investigation authorities reportedly found that Crum reportedly had a similar relationship, and I use that term loosely, with a 15-year-old girl on Kik.
As I’ve mentioned a multitude of times Kik is swarming with sex offenders and pedophiles. If you don’t know what apps your kids are using they will.
Once again it appears that Snapchat is the mobile messaging app preferred by predators who are either teachers or youth athletic coaches. For example we have 18-year-old Marcus Stroud of Nyack, New York. He’s been charged with alleged criminal sex acts against a teenage boy that he became acquainted with through a wrestling program where Stroud is a volunteer coach. Stroud allegedly used Snapchat to groom his victim. Police have stated that Stroud has worked in wresting programs in Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey and may have other victims…
If you have additional information about this case or are aware of a possible victim please call the Clarkstown Juvenile Aid Bureau at 845-639-5835, the Tips Line at 1-877-639-6233 or your local police department. The investigation is being conducted by the Clarkstown Juvenile Aid Bureau.
Even in today’s world controlled by social media I am still of the belief that it is highly inappropriate for teachers or coaches to communicate with kids in manners that circumvent their parents.