Here is a perfect example of what is wrong with how the Government, especially Democrat-controlled Government, fights gun crime. In this case you have a 'kid' caught doing illegal behavior, who gets a break with only being charged with illegal possession of a firearm and then gets a second break by not getting jail time. It is only now, years later that police they are finally considering putting him in jail, basically for ignoring the trivial punishment he did get, probation.
Here is his sentence from DC Court Records:
D.C. police arrested Vaughn in June 2009 after stopping a group of men selling drugs near the McGogney Elementary School in Southeast Washington. Vaughn fled as members of the vice squad swooped in on the group, and one of the officers saw him throw a black handgun onto the roof of the school.
"This kid has little regard for the public if he is willing to just throw [a gun] away where anyone could pick it up and potentially hurt themselves or someone else," said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector with the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "It's time for him to take responsibility for this actions."
Police climbed the roof of the school and recovered a black Jimenez Arms .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Vaughn pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a pistol and ammunition without a license, but he failed to appear before a D.C. judge after authorities claimed he had violated his probation. A warrant was issued for his arrest in October, and authorities said he has been on the run since. - Read More at Washington Examiner
SentenceSo he got 6 months of jail time, all of which was suspended.
Sentence for Charge # 1, Carry Pistol W/O Lic -Outside Home/Business
Sentence Date: 09/25/2009
Confinement Type: YRA
Time: 0 years, 6 months, 0 days.
Time Suspended: 0 years, 6 months, 0 days.
Amount To Serve: 0 years, 0 months, 0 days.
Supervised Release: 0 years, 6 months, 0 days, Suspended.
VVCA Amount: 100.00, Due: 09/28/2010
Probation Type: YRASUP, Start Date: , End Date:
Probation Time: 1 years, 0 months, 0 days
Probation Conditions: Mental Health Screening/Evaluation--Mental Health Counseling
Probation Conditions: Maintain or Seek Employment
Probation Conditions: Vocational Assessment--Job Training
Sentencing Comments: credit for time served. (DC Courts link)
I just don't get it. They complain that gun crime is a big problem in DC. They when they are confronted with it, they give the criminals a free pass. And this guy's crime was not simple gun possession. He was up to worse. He only got charged with the gun crime.
The people being most punished by DC's lax illegal gun enforcement are those looking to own legal handguns and the community at-large who are forced to live with criminals like Vaughn roaming around.