Ugh. The Associated Press reports on the trial of three men who shot a Camden Chinese takeout owner:
A third defendant has pleaded guilty in the slaying of the owner of a Chinese restaurant in East Camden. Omar McClarin, 28, of Camden, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated manslaughter in the shooting death of Bao Xing Lin, owner of the Happy Dragon restaurant, during a robbery in March 2004. McClarin is already serving a 20- to 45-year prison term in Pennsylvania for felony murder. The plea agreement, entered before Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal, recommends a 28-year concurrent prison term. Sentencing was set for Nov. 9. Two other defendants previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Tori Cobbs, 22, of Camden, who acted as a lookout during the robbery, is serving a 15-year sentence. Brandon Smith, 22, of Camden, is serving a 25-year sentence. Lin was shot after he turned over $150 in cash to three robbers. The third robber, Raheem Smith, was fatally shot in Camden in an unrelated incident, prosecutors said.
If we can jump on our soapbox for a second (and yeah, we’re going to), it’s disgusting how immigrants travel to America, scrape together the money to open restaurants so their kids can have a shot at a better life… and then get gunned down by thugs for $150. $150? Is that what a human life is really worth these days? Meanwhile, Chinese takeouts are often among the only open businesses in high-crime neighborhoods like East Camden. Something’s not right.