No Death Penalty in Cab Driver Killing

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SCRANTON -- State law prohibits the Lackawanna County District Attorney from seeking the death penalty in a case of a teenager accused of murdering a cab driver last week.

Aazis Richardson, 16,  of Washburn Street in Scranton is charged with murder, robbery and other charges.

According to investigators, Richardson thought the cabbie, Vincent Darbenzio was cheating him by taking the long way to his destination, so Richardson said he shot Darbenzio twice in the back of the head.

"That's what I do when people don't listen," he said Friday.

At McCarthy Flowered Cabs in Scranton, where Darbenzio worked, things have changed since his death.

"A lot of guys don't come to work, we're short-handed, guys don't want to come to work, guys don't want to go into the projects," said John Evans of McCarthy Flowered Cabs.

When they learned the death penalty is not a possibility in this case, some were upset.

They said Richardson deserves it.

"I don't know. It sucks but, it's the law, you know?" said cab driver Rico Thompson.

Others said if he is convicted, Richardson should spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I personally think that this individual is a dangerous individual and probably would do it again, but although I believe he deserves the most severe punishment, I'm of the belief that there's no way we can kill our brother and it's ok," said Evans.

The U.S. Supreme Court has barred executions of teenagers in America since 2005.


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  • Debbie

    Do some research! The United States Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that it is unconstitutional to execute juveniles. It is not allowed in ANY state and hasn’t been for almost 10 years!

  • Rad

    So white guy kills black kid okay police kill people were totally ok with but black kid kills white guy heaven Forbid it he must be killed this is by yeah he did some thing terrines but lots of people with higher authority did worse and besides he has he’s whole life in front so don’t kill him and take that away too.

  • Robert Algar

    This has surely pulled up many not so nice memories. On July 19th, it will be 15 years ago that my wife was killed at a campground down by Hazleton. Kenneth Crawford was 15 yrs 10 mos old when he and the other piece of crap, David Hanley, who was 17, executed my wife and a friend. They’re both serving life w/o parole which was too good for them. But this guy should be taken out back and shot immediately. Now we’ll waste thousands of dollars to prosecute him for something he has freely admitted to.

  • R. W. Albertson III

    If I headed the local police department I would check on any unsolved murder cases where the victim was shot in the back of the head because he, that black piece of human debris stated “that’s why I do when people don’t listen”. The only possible sentence should be life with NO POSSIBILITY of PAROLE. This P.O.S. cannot be rehabilitated. PERIOD.


    My Two Cents.. Someone needs to send this Punk off to Eternity by HANGING him in a tree in front of the Court House so all the other Druggie Punks can watch him wiggle and gasp for air.

  • Megan

    He has zero remorse and killed in cold blood he should fry why should our tax dollars go towards his free room and board for the next 60 plus years.

  • Is there REALLY FREEDOM of SPEECH ??? If so read this

    Don’t compare this killer to a load of poop !

    That is an insult ! POOP has a purpose, it can be used to fertilize a field ! Which can grow food to feed people

    This Killer and killers like him are lower than poop ! His purpose now is to waste tax payer dollars, get three squares in Jail everyday, healthcare, probably get a diploma and degree, and become an ordained minster at some point !

    Heck he could even marry and maybe get conjugal visits from one of his female homies from the hood someday ???

    Again all you thumbs down raters, this is NOT about the color of his skin, it is about his deed !

    The Son of Sam, a WHITE piece of Trash, is now a minister, I saw it on TV, he killed all these people, and now he reads the good book and preaches from it !

    Why is tax dollars wasted to sustain ruthless murderers ? Keep they fed, and comfortable all the days of their lives, when they took others lives ?

    I cannot figure this out, do we need to ask these questions to our lawmakers ?

    Always remember people, this type of person could of done this to you, me, our family members, friends etc.

    And that includes you and your friends and family also moderator, who takes down people legitimate issues, on an discussion forum.

    Discussion forums should be accepted no matter what all have to say, FREE SPEECH should be protected, our Founding Fathers created this country with that in mind.

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