Three Oklahoma teenagers were killed when they broke into a house and were met by a homeowner with an AR-15. Now the parent of one of the teenagers is speaking out about his grandson’s death.
According to KTUL-TV, Leroy Schumacher, grandfather of 17-year-old Jacob Redfearn, believes the death of Redfearn was unjustified because the homeowner’s AR-15 gave him an unfair advantage over the three burglars.
Speaking to KTUL, Schumacher acknowledged that breaking into a house was “stupid,” but death was not the appropriate consequence.
“What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher said. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.”
“Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?”
The homeowner who pulled the trigger has not been charged with any crimes because police say he acted in self-defense. But Schumacher reiterated his belief that the consequences literally did not fit the crime.
“There’s got to be a limit to that law, I mean he shot all three of them — there was no need for that,” he told KTUL.
In addition to Redfearn, 19-year-old Maxwell Cook and 16-year-old Jake Woodruff were also shot and killed in the home invasion. The getaway driver, 21-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was not injured but was later arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree burglary, and one count of second-degree burglary.
Schumacher added that while he does support the right to bear arms and protect your home, he doesn’t agree with shooting and killing intruders.
“These boys’ families are going to suffer with this the rest of their lives, we have to live with this the rest of our lives,” he said, adding that he knew that the situation was caused by the teens’ poor choices.
Schumacher hopes that the death of the three teens will serve as an example for others.
“You can’t change history, but you can damn sure learn from it, and maybe some kids will learn from this,” he said.
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