The Bible says in Proverbs “Evil companions corrupt good morals” but it is not only evil companions that turn a young person into a killer, but the effects of drugs. The following story is such an example.
Man, 20, who brutally murdered his ‘great dad’ and left ‘amazing mom’ and brother for dead makes nostalgic court speech asking for forgiveness Killer said he remembered holding his mother’s hand on the first day of school and that he wishes he had ‘never let go’
Tucker Cipriano, 20, jailed for life for murdering his father and beating his mother and brother with a baseball bat for drugs money. Co-defendant Mitchell Young, 21, also received life sentence but continues to insist he is innocent and did not receive fair justice
‘I stand before the people of the court, the media, my family and friends, but mostly God, asking forgiveness and confessing my sins,’ he said, the Detroit Free Press reported.He described his parents as ‘a great dad’ and an ‘amazing mom’, adding that he remembered refusing to let go of his mother’s hand on his first day of school. He said: ‘Mom, I wish I would have never let go.’
I believe Tucker’s confession and remorse…but it is too late to save him from spending the rest of his life in prison. His co-defendant, Mitchell young, though, I don’t think has any remorse, as he continues to deny part in the crime. Legally, just the murder during the commission of a felony robbery attempt makes him culpable even if he had actually not, as witnesses saw him bludgeon Mrs. Cipriano with the bat.
This story is ultimately saddening for me. The family not only experienced a horrific and brutal crime against them, but the fact it was perpetuated by their own son makes the pain of that betrayal much deeper. They not only lost the father, but the son and brother as well.
The question remains, “why?” and of course the answer is the drugs and the evil companions.
As parents we want to protect our children, to hold their hands when they face something new and “scary” like the first day of school. Yet, our children are their own persons, and make their own decisions, and some of those decisions land them in trouble, trouble that there is no undoing. Trouble with consequences that end their lives in the free world. This is one such case.
While I do believe that this young man’s confession and his asking for forgiveness is genuinely heart felt, and I am saddened that he has ruined his life, taken his father’s life and gravely injured his family in such a horrible way. I do believe he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, atoning for that crime. His will not be a pleasant life, and I don’t doubt that his mother is sad for the necessity of her son spending his life incarcerated, I do understand that sadness. Though my own son tried to have me killed, I thank God that his plot failed, it does bring one to a point where we must acknowledged the truth about our children.
Forgiving is to me, to get the bitterness out of my own heart against my son, and I also realize that my son, unlike Tucker, has no remorse for his crimes. It doesn’t mean I would ever trust my son, and i will do all I can to keep him in prison for his natural life. I do hope that the family can expunge the bitterness against this young man, not for his sake, but for their own sakes. Healing from such trauma is extremely difficult. I pray for their peace. I do hope the young man is truly remorseful, and that he will make the best of life in prison because he does see his sentence is justice.