This is one of those stories that will make your blood slowly boil.
In case you have forgotten about the 5-year-old boy that was thrown off the balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota, the person who did this evil act was sentenced yesterday. He received 19 years for pre-planning to attack someone and try to kill them.
Just, 19 years.
Emmanuel Aranda, who back in April threw young Landen Hoffmann 40 feet from a balcony at the Minneapolis mall plead guilty last month and was sentenced yesterday in a plea deal.
According to Fox 5…
During the sentencing, in a victim’s impact statement, the boy’s parents wrote that they “forgive” Aranda, despite his “evil, selfish, horrific” actions.
The state also addressed Aranda’s mental health, saying he knew what he was doing when he threw Landen three floors.
Aranda was offered the opportunity to say something to court about his actions, but he didn’t say anything.
So this guy has had anger problems in the past, was actually banned from the mall at one point and been arrested for this and other incidents and shows no remorse. Also, he says that he planned this attack out because he was not having any luck with women.
All that and he gets 19 years? Simply, not enough.
The young man he tried to kill has thankfully by the grace of God been able to pull through but he has a long way to go until he is anywhere near how a 5 year old should be. The evil person that did this will have 19 years to chill at the taxpayers’ expense while this youngster and his parents will have years of trying to piece their lives back together.
That Aranda did this in a premeditated fashion should be enough to put him away for life. Just because the 5-year-old did not die should not be the determining factor on this. This man tried to kill a youngster who was doing nothing wrong and for that, it should be locked away for the rest of your natural life.
Please take a moment to give up a prayer or warm thoughts to this young man and his family as they continue to cope with the aftermath of this senseless act.
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