Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Roger Huerta – Saving Nothing for The Swim Back

As jurors in Brooklyn Federal Court began deliberating the fate of Ronell Wilson earlier this week, they were told by defense attorneys of the convicted cop killer’s troubled childhood, one reportedly filled with neglect, abuse, and family members mired in drug addiction.

For some, this upbringing is the type of crutch that would explain how someone would gun down undercover detective Rodney Andrews in 2003, and then do the same to Andrews’ partner James Nemorin as he pleaded for his life.

On Tuesday, jurors returned a sentence of death to Wilson.

Maybe they heard the story of Roger Huerta, whose past certainly didn’t dictate his future.

From the time of his birth in Los Angeles on May 20, 1983, Huerta was seemingly marked to be a casualty of one form or another. Whether he was going to get shot in the streets, get addicted to the drugs that destroyed his father’s chance at a better life, or put in jail for running with a gang, there was no light at the end of the tunnel for him. It was just a matter of when his environment would catch up with him.

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