Punishing the wrong doer doesn't fix things

My first cousins daughter who was only twenty along with three of her equally young friends were killed by a speeding van driven by a man on probation for drugs, theft and child p***. He had no drivers license.

He ran a stop light and killed the three promising fine young people.

He was caught the same night and after a trial, he was sentenced to what is known as a hard thirty. In other words he has to serve thirty years in prison with no chance of parole.

During the sentencing phase of the trial he profoundly apologised for what he had done and asked for forgiveness. He took full responsibility and he told the families of the victims that at age 58 he would not live to be released. He said he deserved his fate.

Ok I personally could care less. I've done things I shouldn't and apologised for it and it didn't do me a bit of good. So why should I or any other family member even go through the motions of forgiving him.

Thinking about his age and the life of crime he led including making and distributing child p********** I find myself still hating his guts.

He can stick his apology where the sun doesn't shine.

I'm also mad at the state of Florida for not having him behind bars that night. In Arizona, he would have been doing decades behind bars for the child p*** alone.

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  • Agree with both below.
    Also punishment of the guilty does nothing for you. Will not bring back those he killed and jail will probably do nothing to improve him either. Catch22.

  • Forgiveness is as much about lifting the burden of the past off your own shoulders as anything else.

  • ^Agreed. Forgiving does not bring the three girls back. The forgiveness is so you don't keep yourself locked in your own prison. It's important for your own life, health, and happiness to move past this and let go of what you can.

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