Deception Turned Deadly: The Staten Island Tragedy

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In 2003 Ronell Wilson and his friend Jessie Jacobus arranged to sale guns to a buyer. The buyers happen to be two undercover detectives. They arranged to meet in Staten Island to exchange guns for cash. Wilson and his friend did not have guns to sale and the plan was to rob the two gun buyers. When they met the gun buyers Wilson and Jacobus sat in the back of the car right behind the two detectives. At some point Wilson realized that the gun buyers were cops and begin shooting them one by one to avoid going to jail. Wilson used a small handgun to kill both detectives. Wilson killed Detective Rodney J. Andrews and detective James V. Nemorin. Wilson and his friend took one of the detective’s guns, removed the bodies from the car, and took …show more content…

al (2007), “In other words, individuals were guided by a pain-and pleasure principle by which they calculated the risks and rewards involved in their actions” (p. 15). Wilson’s actions ended up getting him on death row and life in prison. Similarly, the social learning theory explains Wilson’s criminal history. Wilson learned criminal behavior from his neighbors and family members. Wilson has an older brother named Uzziah Wilson that has been arrested numerous times for gun possession, assault, and drug charges. Wilson grew up thinking criminal behavior is the only way to succeed in life. McLeod (2016), “This relates to attachment to specific models that possess qualities seen as rewarding. Children will have a number of models with whom they identify. These may be people in their immediate world, such as parents or older siblings, or could be fantasy characters or people in the media” (p. 2) Wilson’s was also affiliated with a gang called The Stapleton Crew. Many people have speculated that Wilson was the leader of the gang which was very violent and sold drugs. The gang recruited young teenagers that came from poor single parent homes. Wilson’s friend that was with him during the gun sale was only 17 years old. Wilson himself has a criminal history as a adolescent youth. He also smoked marijuana and drink alcohol as a teenager. Wilson took no responsibility for his poor choices. He blamed his living environment and his parents for his criminal

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  • Narrates how ronell wilson and his friend jessie jacobus arranged to sell guns to a buyer in staten island to exchange guns for cash. when they met the gun buyers, wilson realized they were cops and began shooting them one by one.
  • Narrates how wilson and jacobus took one of the detective's guns, removed the bodies from the car, and took detectives undercover vehicle.
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