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Editorial: Inside the Criminal Mind

Last week, a University of Tampa student was arrested for aggravated battery after he reportedly took another man and woman into the woods, holding them at gunpoint.

Andres Marrero, of Poppy Fields Lane in Land O’ Lakes, was arrested on Jan. 27 for one count of inflicting bodily pain on a victim and another count of aggravated battery on a pregnant female.

The UT student was not alone in the crime though. Devin Nickels, a Florida State University freshman and high school friend of Marrero,19, approached him with the plan for Marrero to pretend to be an armed robber and injure Nickel’s girlfriend in the process.

The UT student was released on a $60,000 bond. Why was the student released after committing such a life-threatening crime? And more importantly, what does this say about our legal system? How can the government justify this type of crime as something less than attempt of a first-degree murder?

Nickels and Marrero planned the murder attempt, with the victim being the unborn fetus and mother. Though neither the mother nor fetus was killed, there still lurks the possibility of developmental disabilities after the baby is born and lasting emotional scars for the mother.

Marrero did not get what he deserved. Nickels offered Marrero $200 to carry out the plan. Marrero refused the money saying that “he wanted to do it for free,” according to The St. Petersburg Times.
What kind of mind thinks this way? Only the criminal mind would take part in such a heinous act and in addition, post, “Damn was last nite fun a– hell. 2011,” on his Facebook wall after the event occurred.

Although Marrero was released on bail after his crime, Nickels, the 18-year-old FSU student and boyfriend of the pregnant woman, was arrested by FSU Police and taken to Leon County jail on Jan. 21, where he will remain there until he is transferred to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

How do we apprehend criminals who find loopholes in the system but are perfectly aware of their actions and show no remorse?
Marrero was let off with lenient charges, but they are subject to change in front of a judge and hopefully for the best.

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