Least Competent Criminals
Kevin Ollie, 17, and Damien Cole, 19, completely failed in their attempted street robbery in Milwaukee, Wis., in August, when they accosted a young man and woman. The male "victim" drew his own gun, shot Ollie fatally and held Cole for the police. Later, Cole, though not the shooter, was charged with Ollie's death under the state's "felony murder" rule, which makes felons responsible if anyone at the scene should die as a result of the crime. Cole could get 55 years in prison. [WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), 8-18-09]
By the time Cole gets out of prison, he will (hopefully) be too old to recede back into a life of crime like Donald Rice or Dustin Edelen. And most important of all, keeping him locked up will keep him from ending up like is accomplice: Dead at the hands of an armed citizen.