It's not a trick question. Why would an 18 year old choose this sort of life? I know nothing about his background, but I'd bet there is a juvenile record.
I know nothing about his parents or what kind of guidance he had. Sometimes this sort of thing happens in the very best of families, with parents who have been loving and nurturing.
What's the answer to it? Be tougher, be more lenient? I don't think this young man will see much leniency, he's in too deep. He was scheduled to be in court last Wednesday on charges from last month, but he didn't show up and a bench warrant was issued.
I understand teenagers making bad choices and doing stupid things, but to this extent? What is the answer for him, can the system do anything for him at this point?
I am afraid not. At some point you have to man up and take responsibility. I hope that this will open this young man's eyes and that he will do that.
From the Bossier Parish Sheriff:
A teen that was being investigated in connection with a car burglary ring has been arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges, said Bossier Sheriff Larry Deen.
Trey Michael Sheppard, 18, of the 2200 block of Loreco Street, was arrested Friday afternoon because of his involvement with a car burglary ring. When stopped by detectives, Sheppard consented to the search of his vehicle. They found a small amount of loose marijuana and marijuana cigars. Sheppard then admitted that he had more in his bedroom at home.
Sheppard and his mother signed a consent to search form to allow detectives to search the home. Detectives located a jar containing several grams of marijuana in Sheppard’s bedroom. They then found a shoebox containing small blue baggies, used for packaging narcotics. Marijuana was found in the bottom of the shoebox along with tools used for cutting and dividing the drugs. A foil pipe was found in an ashtray next to his bed.
Detectives then found a Colt .32 caliber semiautomatic pistol and a box of .32 caliber cartridges inside a pillow in the closet. Sheppard admitted that the pistol was stolen, but he was unaware that it was in his room.
Sheppard was arrested and transported to the Bossier Maximum Security Facility. He is charged with possession of schedule I with intent to distribute, illegal carry of a weapon in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is also facing two counts of illegal possession of stolen things from Bossier City Police Department. His bond is set at $66,000.