On Tuesday, Las Vegas prosecutors announced that the four teenage boys who beat a fellow high school student to death will all be charged with murder as adults in relation to the mob-style beating on November 1st. Two 16 and two 17-year-old teenagers were all charged with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit battery. District Attorney Steve Wolfson stated that his office did not charge them with first-degree murder due to a lack of evidence showing premeditation. The teenagers are identified as Dontral Beaver, 16; Gianni Robinson, 17; Damien Hernandez, 17; and Treavion Randolph, 16.
The four teens will remain held without bail, but a judge on Tuesday granted a joint request from prosecutors and defense attorneys to transfer them from the county jail to the juvenile detention center, citing the teens’ safety.
At least eight students between the ages of 13 and 17 have so far been arrested in connection with the Nov. 1 brawl that left 17-year-old Jonathan Lewis Jr. dead. The other students are awaiting separate hearings because they are all under the age of 16.
The incident occurred on November 1st. The beating of Jonathan Lewis Jr. was caught on video, which we will not show here. In the video, you can clearly see several students holding phones recording the incident, and multiple suspects repeatedly punching, kicking, and slamming Lewis Jr. head-first into the walls of a bathroom. The victim’s father, Johnathan Lewis Sr., said that his son was beaten for standing up for another student who was being bullied over a pair of headphones that allegedly were stolen. Lewis Jr. was beaten so severely that he was put into a coma and died from his injuries less than a week later.
In Nevada, a teenager accused of murder can be charged as an adult if they were 13 or older at the time of the alleged crime. But they are entitled to a hearing known as a certification hearing, when a family court judge weighs evidence and the teen’s history before deciding whether they will be transferred to the adult court system.
Teenagers 16 or older accused of murder in Nevada can be charged as adults without first having a certification hearing. That’s why a judge last week transferred the cases of the four older students. Police records show that one of them turned 16 on the day of the fight.
The suspects in the case were arrested shortly after the incident, with a total of eight teenagers ranging in age from 13 to 17. All of the suspects and the victim were students at Rancho High School.
You can view the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police briefing on the case here.
What’s shocking about this is the utter savagery of the whole affair. A video of the attack exists […] and the statement about it being provoked over something as trivial as a pair of headphones makes it even more unconscionable. It’s safe to assume, as well, that young Mr. Lewis was either the proper owner of said headphones or his unnamed friend was; that makes it even more horrific, as the gang that beat Jonathan Lewis to death were, in effect, brutalizing him for having the temerity to question their act of theft.
The most disgusting thing about this was the pure savagery and animalistic behavior of the suspects involved. Their behavior was more reminiscent of a pack of hyenas or wolves, all taking part in the beating, taking pictures and or video of it, or at the very least cheering the suspects on as they beat a helpless teenager to death. They were laughing and smiling, their lack of empathy and moral consciousness clear as day. It is a common trend we see these days: packs of boys jumping on a solo victim and beating them while cheering themselves on as they are doing it. Their behavior also matches that of the swarms of looters, burglars, and thieves that ransack stores and or groups of people in order to steal and or terrorize. They are boys; real men do not do that. Real men are brought up to, at the very least, fight like a man, one on one.
Why is this happening? Is this the America you remember, or has it turned into some sort of dystopian, crime-ridden nightmare where you risk your life by stopping at the 7-Eleven? I would argue that, at least in some areas, the latter is the case.
The parents of these suspects, if they have any, cannot defend their behavior because it seems they purposefully brought these boys up to do exactly what they did.
We are a far cry from days past when this type of thing rarely happened. But now it seems to be commonplace, and it’s sadly being normalized due to lax criminal justice systems weakened by leftist agendas and decriminalization. Furthermore, the leftist policies of coddling criminals only further incentivize criminal activity, almost to the point that people are now emboldened to commit acts of violence and or other criminal activities. Something has to give, and it has to give soon, lest our society devolves further into madness.
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