More generally, I don’t know that prison is the solution to this sort of problem. If you put a violent criminal behind bars, he very well might be even more full of hatred and violence when he comes out. And, looking at it from the other way, it’s hard to imagine that the threat of a prison sentence is enough to deter someone from this sort of behavior. I mean, what kind of person shoots an unarmed man in the head on the street in front of his wife and young child? We’re already talking about someone who’s got serious, serious problems.
Perhaps my criminologist colleagues can tell me what the current thinking is on how to deal with violent psychopaths (or whatever is the current term that’s used for people like this). If it were up to me, I’d start by confiscating this guy’s gun and his car, and maybe installing some sort of beeper on him so that his probation officer knows where he is at all times. Maybe put some sort of tattoo on his hand with wording such as, “I’m a convicted violent offender. Do not give me a knife or gun at any time.” Maybe also let somebody shoot him the head once, but nothing serious, just a warning shot. Inn all seriousness, though, I don’t really see what’s gained by putting him in jail for 10 years, though. There have got to be ways of monitoring him to make sure he’s not a menace to society, without actually going through the expense of locking him up in a prison 24 hours a day. Arguments about the appropriate length of his sentence seem to miss the point.