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Forget This Alleged Murderer's Record, Look at the Chilling Record of the Judge Who Set Him Free

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There’s no way 16-year-old Alberto Ramirez should have been out on the streets on May 16, the day police say he took the life of 34-year-old Eric Velasquez.

The young gang member already had three arrests in four months under his belt and was behind bars for gun-related charges on $75,000 bail — that is, until acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle intervened for him, according to the New York Daily News.

Ramirez should have been locked away when Velasquez, a father of two, was out for a walk in his mother’s Bronx neighborhood while visiting her — an innocent decision that ended up costing the man his life.

But Ramirez was there and allegedly fired the bullet that killed Velasquez, not for any personal beef but as a random attack known as “spinning the block” on rival gang territory.

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According to the Daily News, Ramirez is linked to the Bloods-affiliated “Young Gunnaz” or “YG,” and the street where Velasquez was killed is in “Slattery Avenue Boys” territory. Both gangs have increasingly traded attacks on the other.

“I don’t believe it. I still don’t believe it. It’s hard for everybody,” Jamel Thomas, a longtime friend of the victim, told the news outlet.

“Some people, they living a certain lifestyle so you can picture it. But this is a not a person who you can picture something happen to, because he don’t put himself in harm’s way,” Thomas said of Velasquez.

Ramirez should not have been there — and likely would have remained behind bars — except for Boyle’s repeated leniency.

On March 2, the acting justice lowered Ramirez’s bail to $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond despite objections from the prosecution — a sum his family was able to fork over weeks later to make him a free man.

That wasn’t the first time Boyle let Ramirez off, however, and the judge’s penchant for letting criminals walk seems to be part of a pattern stretching back decades, the New York Post reported.

In December, Boyle let Ramirez roam free with zero bail and went against the district attorney’s recommendation to try him as an adult in two other gun cases, instead referring them to Family Court.

But prior to that, Boyle had granted other criminals their freedom — only to have them turn around and offended again.

In March 2020, the justice let then-16-year-old Jordon Benjamin out of a juvenile detention center due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to his release, Benjamin was behind bars on charges related to a savage gang attack he and a group of teens allegedly perpetrated on 60-year-old Juan Fresnada on Christmas Eve 2019.

The man was brutally beaten with a garbage can and would succumb to his injuries three days later.

Still, Benjamin was allowed his freedom and would go on to offend again eight months after his release, according to police.

In December, Benjamin allegedly attacked young Amya Hicks so badly that she spent two days in the hospital and required surgery — a crime that only happened because Boyle made him a free man.

“This is crazy,” her mother, Tynisha Smith, reportedly said at the time of the attack. “We thought he was still in jail.”

Benjamin is still on the streets, awaiting trial while out on $3,500 bail.

It isn’t just alleged murderers that Boyle lets off the hook — in 1998, homeless teen Ishmael Holmes cornered a Bronx woman in her doorway, demanding she undress and get on her knees.

Boyle arranged a plea deal where Holmes pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment and was sent to a shelter while awaiting sentencing with the promise that he would receive supervised treatment as a sex offender.

But instead of being escorted on his trips to and from counseling, Holmes would be allowed to make the journey on his own — a move that resulted in him being arrested in 2000 for assaulting eight women during his return trips from the treatment.

Holmes is now 43 and is locked away in a psychiatric facility, having served 17 years in prison for first-degree sodomy.

Crime is a dynamic societal problem, but the one simple solution that works nearly flawlessly is locking up the bad guys and keeping them there indefinitely so they don’t do any more bad things to people.

This most basic function of the justice system has been ignored by this New York Supreme Court justice, with sometimes deadly consequences.

Juvenile defenders do deserve some leniency and certainly pity at a life thrown away so early on, but never at the expense of public safety.

It’s bad enough law enforcement is already hamstrung by the defund the police crowd, and that any person of pigment behind bars is automatically considered a victim of the system rather than a criminal who is getting his due.

But these kids were already known to be serious trouble, and they committed violent acts that many adults are not prone to — or even capable of — perpetrating.

Eradicating crime by figuring out the root causes and changing people’s circumstances is important, but letting criminals off the hook after they’ve already been collared for violent offenses does nothing to further that cause and instead puts others’ lives at risk.

Gang violence is especially problematic, and the only sure solution is to lock up the criminals and throw away the key — if only so it doesn’t end up in the hands of Justice Boyle.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Watch Alleged Shoplifter Learn Painful Lesson: Apparent Getaway Driver Ditches Her the Second Cops Roll Up

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There is no honor among thieves.

If you’re robbing a store with someone — of course, you should never rob a store, but let’s play with the argument here — you should have no doubt that he or she would trade you for their freedom.

You don’t have to watch dozens of hours of “Cops,” like me, in order to know that.

And yet, one member of a trio of apparent wrong-doers never got the memo.

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According to KMOV-TV, the trio allegedly had made a habit of shoplifting from Hibbett’s stores in the Edwardsville, Illinois, area. It was only a matter of time before they pushed their luck too far.

That time happened on Labor Day weekend.

Employees at the Troy Road Hibbett’s location had heard about the string of thefts and were carefully watching their store, KMOV reported.

Sure enough, the trio waltzed in and allegedly stole a bunch of clothes. They thought everything was going smoothly, but police already had been called.

When the cops arrived, two of the alleged thieves immediately hopped into a gray Ford Fusion while the third thief struggled to open the door.

Instead of waiting for their comrade to situate themselves, the other two suspects decided to speed off, leaving the third suspect, later identified as 19-year old Dakayla Colemon, at the mercy of law enforcement.

Colemon tried to run away but made it only about 30 feet before she was arrested, according to KMOV. Authorities said Colemon had two other active arrest warrants in nearby counties.

She has been charged with retail theft and is being held on $30,000 bond.

That amount is not small — Colemon had to have stolen a lot in order to be considered that dangerous.

The incident was caught on video and posted on TikTok, where it had more than 38,000 likes as of Sept. 19:

@faxisfaxSaturday afternoon shopping and this is what we see… #katespadenyonthemove #fypシ #gotcaught #police #stl #ArmaniMyWay #gotcaught♬ original sound – faxisfax

As I said earlier, there is no honor among thieves. It is laughable to think someone will act virtuously while committing an illegal act.

Colemon learned the hard way that her trio was neither a friendship nor a team. It was an alliance of convenience that was quickly abandoned once it had outlived its usefulness.

All in all, this is a lesson to any stupid teenagers who decide they want to shoplift with their friends: Crime doesn’t pay, and friendships seem to wither once criminal records are involved.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

There is no honor among thieves. If you’re robbing a store with someone — of course, you should never rob a store, but let’s play with the argument here — you should have no doubt that he or she would trade you for their freedom. You don’t have to watch dozens of hours of “Cops,” like me, in order to know that. And yet, one member of a trio of apparent wrong-doers never got the memo. According to KMOV-TV, the trio allegedly had made a habit of shoplifting from Hibbett’s stores in the Edwardsville, Illinois, area. It was only a matter of time before they pushed their luck too far. That time happened on Labor Day weekend. Employees at the Troy Road Hibbett’s location had heard about the string of thefts and were carefully watching their store, KMOV reported. Sure enough, the trio waltzed in and allegedly stole a bunch of clothes. They thought everything was going smoothly, but police already had been called. When the cops arrived, two of the alleged thieves immediately hopped into a gray Ford Fusion while the third thief struggled to open the door. Instead of waiting for their comrade to situate themselves, the other two suspects decided to speed off, leaving the third suspect, later identified as 19-year old Dakayla Colemon, at the mercy of law enforcement. Colemon tried to run away but made it only about 30 feet before she was arrested, according to KMOV. Authorities said Colemon had two other active arrest warrants in nearby counties. She has been charged with retail theft and is being held on $30,000 bond. That amount is not small — Colemon had to have stolen a lot in order to be considered that dangerous. The incident was caught on video and posted on TikTok, where it…

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Crazy Video Shows Contractor Destroying Bathroom After Claiming Homeowner Refused to Pay

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It’s not unusual for conflict to arise between homeowners and contractors when one party feels shorted by the other. Whether the issue is poor communication, shoddy workmanship or late payment, there are a number of reasons for one to be unhappy with the other.

But it’s unusual that such disagreements result in the contractor literally taking a sledgehammer to their work to “repossess” it when they feel cheated.

Homeowner Amber Trucke has shared a video that is getting all sorts of reactions following a job gone wrong on her Colorado Springs, Colorado home, after working with Jordan and Terry from Dream Home Remodels of Colorado.

According to Trucke, the job took two weeks to complete when four days had been quoted. The job was finished while she was at work on Sept. 10. She’d already paid $3,000 out of the $7,500 but wanted to make sure she was happy with the work they’d done before paying the rest.



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Based on the photos and list Trucke has shared on Facebook, there were quite a few points she still wanted to address with them. She felt that the overall workmanship was poor, saying the contractors left holes in the door frame, used the wrong tile around the edges, got paint on things and didn’t order glass in time.

The problems really started when the company requested payment following the completion of the work that Friday. Trucke messaged them back to say she was at work and would like to see the final work in person, test out the water and wait for the door and faucets (which had not yet been installed) before paying the rest.



Jordan responded to say that $500 could be held back until the glass was installed, but the rest was due that day.

What followed is what the company told KKTV-TV was a communication breakdown: “Communication broke down and resulted in our company repossessing a tile shower. It has never happened before and is not something that is made regular practice.”



Less than 24 hours after a request for payment, Jordan and Terry showed up at the home and were let in by Trucke’s roommate.

Security camera footage shows the two walking to the house, and as they pass, Terry flips off the camera. The video from social media shows what happened next.

Terry, visibly upset, destroyed the newly tiled shower. According to Trucke, not only did he undo all the work that had just been done, but he caused cracks in the drywall of the adjoining room.

“We put weeks into this, thousands of dollars into this,” Terry can be heard saying in the clip. “Is somebody going to pay me?”

“Let me tell you something,” he continued. “No contractor in the state of Colorado will fix that when they found out I took it back because you refused to pay me. No one.”

According to KKTV, in a statement they released, the company also said that “the pictures being circulated were taken before final fixes and cleanups. And the video being circulated has been cut to only show our repossession.”

Upon hearing the story, many people have sided with the contractors, as they felt it was unfair of the homeowner to withhold payment.



Trucke has posted more of her screenshots of their messages and photos of the work both before and after the incident, and more people seem to be siding with her.

Dream Home Remodels has taken down their Facebook page, and a post that Jordan initially shared explaining why they repossessed the bathroom has also been removed. They also refused to provide copies of the paperwork they claimed to have that proved Trucke was in the wrong, citing privacy reasons.

“I haven’t actually cried about this yet,” Trucke said. “I think it just hit me.



“I don’t have the words for what happened in this room … For the $3,300 I’ve already paid, I have now nothing.”

Trucke has promised she will be taking legal action, and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department and local police are looking into the issue.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

It’s not unusual for conflict to arise between homeowners and contractors when one party feels shorted by the other. Whether the issue is poor communication, shoddy workmanship or late payment, there are a number of reasons for one to be unhappy with the other. But it’s unusual that such disagreements result in the contractor literally taking a sledgehammer to their work to “repossess” it when they feel cheated. Homeowner Amber Trucke has shared a video that is getting all sorts of reactions following a job gone wrong on her Colorado Springs, Colorado home, after working with Jordan and Terry from Dream Home Remodels of Colorado. According to Trucke, the job took two weeks to complete when four days had been quoted. The job was finished while she was at work on Sept. 10. She’d already paid $3,000 out of the $7,500 but wanted to make sure she was happy with the work they’d done before paying the rest. Based on the photos and list Trucke has shared on Facebook, there were quite a few points she still wanted to address with them. She felt that the overall workmanship was poor, saying the contractors left holes in the door frame, used the wrong tile around the edges, got paint on things and didn’t order glass in time. The problems really started when the company requested payment following the completion of the work that Friday. Trucke messaged them back to say she was at work and would like to see the final work in person, test out the water and wait for the door and faucets (which had not yet been installed) before paying the rest. Jordan responded to say that $500 could be held back until the glass was installed, but the rest was due that day.…

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