In non-school shooting, but equally as disturbing, news, the Dunbar Village gang rapists are back in the news. In case you’ve never heard of this story back in 2007, a group of four teens committed the home invasion of a mother and her son in the Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Florida. The quartet not only gang raped the woman but they forced her to have sex with her 12-year-old son. The four tried setting their victims on fire, but when they couldn’t find a lighter they doused their victims in cleaning fluids to try to remove any DNA evidence. Three of them were sentenced to life and the fourth was sentenced to 30 years after turning on his friends. Two of the suspects, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker, had their life sentences reduced to 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for teens were unconstitutional.
Of course, being reduced from a life sentence to a 60 year sentence just isn’t enough for a pair of rapists. Now their attorney is arguing for an even further reduced sentence. As usual, their argument contains the same old tired tropes…
“What the U.S Supreme Court has said is that juveniles need to be treated just as that, as juveniles. That their brain is still growing in essence that their ability to understand clearly right from wrong and control their actions is not fully formed. Their brain is not fully formed when they’re teenagers,” said Defense Attorney Gregg Lerman.
Same old, same old. If teenagers don’t allegedly have the brain capacity to realize that gang rape, forced incest, and trying to set someone on fire was wrong then they shouldn’t have the ability to dress themselves or use a fork without stabbing themselves in the eye. If anything their life sentences should be reinstated.
“They need to be punished. They need to be sentenced to prison time, but there should be some opportunity to show that they can be rehabilitated and be put back into society,” said Lerman.
What does it say to their victims to put them back into society? Their victims have to live their lives with the horrible memory of this atrocity. They shouldn’t have to worry about their assailants being back out on the streets and running into them again. Kids or not, these rapists are nothing short of monsters and don’t deserve to breathe the air outside of a prison ever again.
Much like his cohort Nathan Walker, Dunbar Village gang rapist Jakaris Taylor has been re-sentenced to 60 years. Taylor had been given a life sentence for his role in one of the most heinous crimes I’ve ever posted but had to be re-sentenced because of the Supreme Court’s idiotic ruling that teens could only be given life sentences in cases of murder.
Taylor and three others were convicted of gang raping a woman and making the woman’s young son having sex with her. The group also used guns and bottles to rape the woman. Why the Supreme Court doesn’t think that this isn’t worthy of a life sentence is beyond me. They just keep giving criminals more rights than their victims. As I have said before the woman and her son will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. So should the perpetrators regardless of their age.
If you’ve never heard of the Dunbar Village case it’s one of the worst stories I’ve ever posted if not the worst.
Back in 2007 a group of teens pulled a home invasion of a mother and her son in the Dunbar Village housing project in West Palm Beach, Florida. Not satisfied with just robbing them the group not only gang raped the mother but forced her son to have sex with her. Then they threw cleaning products on them in order to try to get rid of any DNA evidence.
Four teens were arrested for the atrocities. Three of them got life sentences. A fourth, Avion Lawson, got 30 years. Lawson got 30 years because he rolled on his homies otherwise he probably would have met the same fate.
Now Lawson is saying that his sentence was unfair because he claims he was forced to rape the woman at gunpoint by the group’s leader, Tommy Poindexter.
Tough shit. The gang rape of a mother where six suspects have never been brought to justice is unfair. The emotional scarring that her son will probably have for the rest of his life is unfair.
Now that I think about it 30 years is unfair. It should have been much more. He knew what he was getting into.
It’s been a long time since I last posted about the Dunbar Village gang rape. In case you’re new here back in 2007 a group of kids gang raped a woman in the Dunbar Village housing complex in West Palm Beach, Florida. Not only was she gang raped but they forced her young son to have sex with her and then doused them both with cleaning fluids to try to destroy evidence.
Nathan Walker was 16 at the time he committed the crime. He was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. However the U.S. Supreme Court struck down this sentence stating that juveniles should only be sentenced to life in cases of murder. So Walker will now receive a new sentence.
Apparently the Supreme Court thinks that gang rape and forced incest is not worth a life sentence. I would imagine most of my readers would think it deserves a death sentence no matter his age. The Supreme court is sending the wrong message by negating the life sentence. You won’t go to jail for life kids as long as you don’t commit murder. Everything else is fair game though.
UPDATE 8/4/2011:He got 60 years. The judge says it was the closest to life that he could be sentenced to.
Avion Lawson was 14 at the time of the infamous Dunbar Village gang rape. He’s now 17 and was looking at 49 years for his role in the act. However Lawson turned on his cohorts and testified against them which resulted in their life sentences.
He was no angel though. He took place in the gang rape as well and testifying doesn’t absolve him of his responsibility.
Monday he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars. His defense asked that he only serve 10 years. Take a look at that pic and tell me that’s someone who should have only gotten 10 years.
The judge also ruled that he must not be jailed anywhere near his cohorts since he’s basically a snitch.
“The chances of your survival greatly decrease based on that label,” Marx said.
Tommy Poindexter, Jakaris Taylor and Nathan Walker were all sentenced to life in prison for their parts in the infamous brutal gang rape that took place in the Dunbar Village development in West Palm Beach.
There were the usual courtroom histrionics that should be expected in these cases. There were also family members of the convicted making the usual excuses of how they all had hard childhoods. None of which outweighs the fact that they gang raped a woman and forced her to have sex with her son.
The remaining rapist, Avion Lawson, is set to be sentenced in December.
And let’s not forget there are still several suspects that have yet to be caught.
The trial of Jakaris Taylor for his role in the Dunbar Village gang rape began this week and I’m amazed at his defense. Through his attorney Taylor claims that not only did he go into the victim’s apartment to persuade the others to leave, how benevolent of him, but that he didn’t actually participate in the gang rape but simulated a sex act on the victim because Tommy Poindexter had guns pointed at him.
Both Tommy Poindexter and Nathan Walker were convicted by their respective juries in the Dunbar Village gang rape trial.
Poindexter was convicted on eight of 13 counts. The jury found him not guilty on several counts related to the suspects having forced the mother to perform oral sex on her son. Walker was convicted on 11 of 14 counts, and his jury did find him guilty in the mother-son sex acts.
Poindexter is looking at 11 life sentences and Walker is looking at 8. Sentencing is scheduled for October 13th.
Here’s what happened after Poindexter was convicted…
He looked over his shoulder as he was led out of the courtroom and mouthed, “I love you,” to family members in the gallery. They cried and quickly left the courtroom, shouting obscenities as they walked from the building.
Real class. I’m guessing the rotten apple didn’t fall too far from the poisoned tree.
Poindexter and Walker were both teens charged as adults at the time of the crime. The people who normally think teens should never be charged as adults never made comment one on this case but that may have more to do with the suspects’ skin color than anything.