Angellyh Yambo had just turned 16 when she got caught in a gangsta crossfire outside a Bronx high school, plucked out of this world far too soon. Yet his accused killer, Jeremiah Ryan, could have escaped jail while awaiting trial under New York’s insane laws, simply because he himself is a teenager.
That is justice according to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his too many allies in the Legislative Assembly.
Ryan even had a perfect score to qualify for release, according to the city’s criminal justice agency, because he has no priors. Fortunately, Judge Vidya Pappachan agreed to hold 17-year-old Ryan without bail, explaining, “Based on the charges before this court, he did not “believe that monetary bail would be appropriate as the least restrictive condition for assure the defendant return to court”.
Even then, Pappachan said he should reconsider his bail after the discovery phase, where prosecutors must share all the evidence with the defense in a few weeks.
So Angellyh’s family may still have to deal with the alleged killer of their beloved “beautiful soul” who walks free.
This crime was a case of brazen disregard for innocent lives. Two goons started talking lewdly to each other, then at least one of them pulled out a gun and opened fire – with Three slaughtered teenagers. (The other two students should survive, thankfully.)
Ryan may not have been arrested, but he has been known to the NYPD for years, sources told the Post, handling guns for gangbangs because they knew New York laws would protect him from any serious consequences if caught packing.
His grandfather insists he’s a “good boy”, and he probably was. But senseless laws — ones that state lawmakers adamantly refuse to fix — clearly made him a target to bring into the gang world, and evidently made him feel like he could carry on without fear of real trouble. he was arrested.
Then a random encounter with an enemy resulted in the death of a completely innocent girl.
Heastie defends these laws on the grounds that teenage brains are not fully mature, so their lives should not be marred by even terrible choices. But one of the purposes of the law is to teach the consequences of dangerous actions to those who have not otherwise learned better – precisely so that they avoid these choices.
Instead, Heastie’s law encourages children like Jeremiah Ryan to take the wrong path, ruining their lives in other ways.
And with the horrible byproduct of robbing angels like Angellyh of their future. How is this mercy, Mr. President?
New York Post