We need to do a better job of rehabilitating youth criminals. What good is putting a 16 year old in prison for a couple of years if he is only going to be set free to commit crimes again?
At age 16, Quintin Vicks and two pals broke into a woman’s South Miami-Dade apartment, robbed her at gunpoint and left her tied up in the bathroom.
Although he was charged as an adult, Vicks did not complete any significant jail time. Instead, a Miami-Dade judge last September ruled him “delinquent” as a minor and sentenced him to probation until age 22.
Vicks was trouble-free until Monday – when he appeared in bond court, charged as one of four men who ambushed a security guard as the man made his nightly rounds at a South Miami-Dade apartment complex.
Miami-Dade police say Vicks, now 18, was the getaway driver for a group of youths who fired more than a dozen rounds into the car of Robert Nelson, a guard for 50 State Security. Mortally wounded, Nelson, 48, lost control of the company car and it crashed into a daycare. His bloodied body was pulled out and the assailants stripped him of his firearm and property.