That isn’t what the headline says. The headline says “Homeless man gets 10 years in prison for stealing clothes for warmth.” Until you read the article. He broke into a house to steal stuff. When the cops found him, he was in possession of methamphetamine. It wasn’t his first offense. He got 18 months for the burglary, and 8.5 years for the drugs. He had just gotten out of prison in December for drugs.

Is there anything that gets reported in the press that isn’t misleading or an outright lie?

He lost his kitchen manager’s job and ended up homeless and using meth. His (public defender) lawyer said Krumwiede does well, but then friends get him drugs. Yeah, that happens to me every time I lose my job- somehow, through no fault of my own, I find myself using drugs.

In fact, looking into this loser’s record, he has four previous felony convictions. This incident adds two more to that. He was kicked out of the Army in 2012 for drugs.

The only real bright spot in this story is a quote from the judge: “Why should the state of Michigan rehabilitate you? You’ve only been here for three years. You’ve done nothing but disrupt this community.”

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EN2 SS · March 12, 2023 at 10:21 am

The judge should have said “going by your history, you can’t be rehabilitated, so you are hereby sentenced to prison for the remainder of your miserable life, next”.

PaulB · March 12, 2023 at 10:46 am

My childhood hometown outside of Boston had (has?) the distinction of having more OD’s per capita than any other municipality in the US just a few years ago. It may still be king, in that regard, I’m not sure. At any rate, junkies are popping narcan like pez. 2-3 times a day in some cases.
The “I have a disease” thing is infuriating. It was already in fashion years ago, long before I crossed No-Man’s Land and moved to the South to be free. Sure, there are some good souls who become scumbags, and can turn things around. But more often, no, they’re doomed from an early age to a life of crime and drugs.
I have a brother who got hooked on Oxy’s after a spinal injury, and when the oxy’s ran out but the pain was still there, heroin was only $12 a day to maintain. Until it wasn’t. He eventually just cleaned himself up and learned to manage the pain with OTC meds, prayer, and ultra-clean diet and exercise. The “I have a disease” people he’d like to chain to his truck bumper.
But yes, when some old lady’s running water stops and the news talks about the ‘desperate’ 19 year olds living in their parent’s $900,000 home who stole the copper pipes… F them. With a truck bumper. In the ear. At highway speed.

Jester · March 12, 2023 at 11:55 am

I’m with the judge. The guy brought nothing but trouble with him. Say what you will about medical weed or not, the fact the Military states no, no you will not touch that stuff even where it’s legal in a state is pretty clear. Also, while you can be kicked out of the military for a single offence of it, many times I’ve observed there’s other reasons behind someone getting kicked out, IE too worthless to bother. It’s a boon to be able to rid the Army of some of these mouth breathers. And yeah it’s Yahoo. What else could one expect for a headline? Bottom line is there’s usually any number of easily accessible charities or the like that would have provided clothing or blankets or even a roof. Some how I doubt he was just in the house to steal a blanket and a set of cloths, even assuming any clothing in the house would have fit him anyway.

It's just Boris · March 12, 2023 at 12:07 pm

A friend’s brother has a similar pattern re drugs, superficially successful rehab, and and relapsing into addiction.

Staying clean more or less requires a complete reboot of one’s life – including cutting ties with “friends” from the old life.

BobF · March 12, 2023 at 2:19 pm

It reads to me as if Don Reid, the article’s author, should welcome the defendant as a house guest.

Viva Ramon Mercader · March 12, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Enemedia=Long March Bolsheviks or born liars.
If they say the sun is out at noon, you better look out the window.
Locally church pantries keep the seriously poor from keeling over and anytime government gets involved it only gets worse by design.
They go out of business if any real problems get solved.
Loving this meme of the tanker train going over a held together by chains and welding crossing, nothing to see here send more money to Ukraine it says.

Aesop · March 12, 2023 at 9:12 pm

But drugs are a victimless crime, and should be legalized.” – every moron on two legs

5th felony?
It should be legal to beat him with baseball bats at that point, for the good of humanity, until his IQ increases.
It’s Michigan: how about just hard labor shoveling snow, in shorts, a t-shirt, and flip-flops?

Toastrider · March 13, 2023 at 11:02 am

The erosion of Fourth Amendment rights, as well as the depredations of civil asset forfeiture, are good arguments for legalization.

But there are some damned good ones against legalization as well, and this is one of them. I am reminded of Kevin Smith’s blogpost series called ‘Me And My Shadow’ which documented costar Jason Mewes’s descent into addiction. Mewes was lucky (or proof that God loves fools) — he managed to beat his addiction and get clean. But he had to hit rock bottom first, cut off from Smith and all his other friends.

The solution needs to be a cultural one, not a legal one.

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