Moms and hoodlums

Gary Dimmock is a solid crime reporter working for the Ottawa Citizen, who currently hosts his blog, Crimegarden. I’ve highlighted his work in the past, and every now and then, I look through his old posts. Here’s a good one, The Dropout Hoodlum and his Mom:

But their getaway driver, a 16-year-old boy with no criminal record, was still in school and had everything to lose. Had good grades in a religious school and enough jam on the basketball court to make an inner-city team. One coach said he had a shot at a scholarship, and with it a life beyond the public housing project.

But here he was behind the wheel of a stolen getaway car outside a bank with the engine running. And in a moment, that moment that follows flashing police lights and sirens, everything fell apart fast. It was the end of his time with the hoodlums who had corrupted him in an immigrant-rich public housing projects.

And if he thought his mother would be begging forgiveness before a judge, saying it was her son’s first offence and to spare him jail, he was dead wrong.

Pop on over and check it out.

Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.