KFC Robbery: Teens and Crimes

 

KFC Robbery: Teens and Crimes
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO -

S
hould teen offenders who commit adult crimes do adult time?

I
t's an issue being debated in
C
ape
Girardeau right now
.

T

he
C
ape
G
irardeau
C
ounty
P
rosecutor now hopes to put a pair of young armed robbers away for at least ten years
,
despite their age
, but some folks say they don't agree.

"H

e said give me the money or
I
'll kill you
. I felt so scared and nervous, and he put a gun behind my head," Dunia P
osadas
says. She was working the night of July 21st, 2005, when
16
-
year
-
old
S
emaj
L
umas and 15
-
year
-
old
I
saiah
L
ane robbed
employees at
th
e
KFC Restaurant on William Street at
gunpoint.

"H

e said if you don't get down on the floor
I
'll kill you
,
and
I
felt so nervous and scared and
I
prayed to
G
od
because I
'm a Christian person and
I
say
G
od please protect me
,
because
I have
two daughters and
I
have
my family
," Posadas says.

She
survive
d,
and the teens who were charged as adults
,
have since pleaded guilty.

N
ow
P
rosecutor
M
orley
S
wingle hopes a judge puts the pair away like adults
,
with a ten year sentence.

"A
message needs to be sent to the robbers in our community
that
it doesn't matter if you're a juvenile, if you're going to do a robbery with a gun you're going to prison
," Swingle says.

D
espite the disturbing nature of this robber
y, not everyone agrees.

S
teven
B
uhs
,
who works at the maximum security prison in Charleston hopes young offenders are given a chance to rehabilitate instead.

"I

f you put him in a structured environment where they learn something, discipline, respect for others and property
,
you might stand a chance of getting him out returning him back to society
," Buhs says.

S
urprisingly enough
, D
unia
P
osadas is also forgiving.

"I

don't feel good
that
they
might be
in jail for so long
,
if they can go out and people can talk to them and explain to them don't do that anymore.
I
'm not a mean person,
I
'm a good person,
I
don't know what they did the other night but
I
hope
G
od helps them a lot
," she says.

T

o give you an idea of how frightening the robbery was
,
no one who worked
there
that night works
t
here anymore.

P
rosecutor
S
wingle says police are looking for another suspect
,
a man named
J
immy
W
alker.

S

wingle believes he
may have
used the teens to do the crime
,
thinking they would get a lighter sentence.

I
f you have any information about
W
alker please call the police nearest you.