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Man sentenced to life in prison refuses to pay restitution to 10-year boy he shot

A man found guilty of shooting a 10-year-old boy who was riding his bike in Sanford will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Daquan Butts, 22, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday. Prosecutors proved Butts was a habitual felony offender, which exposed him to the more serious penalty, according to the state attorney’s office.

Police say Butts shot another man after a basketball game in September 2014, and also accidentally shot 10-year-old Jeremiah Taylor, who was riding his bicycle nearby.

Butts’ defense asked the judge to show leniency because of Butts’ age, 22 years old. But the judge cited an extensive record with several felonies.

Butts interrupted the proceedings twice and objected to being ordered to pay restitution to Jeremiah’s family.

“If I’m sentenced to life, what I got restitution for? If I’m sentenced to life, how I’m gonna pay the fine? What’s the reason?” he asked.

The judge told Butts he had 30 days to appeal.

Life in prison is way too expensive for the taxpayer. I’d opt for public floggings instead, once per week, for one year. Then release it back into society…and he might want to change his name before he goes into genpop.

H/T – WESH 2 News

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