|Walter "Wes" Scott"|
Roger Best was a violent habitual felon who should never had been on the streets of Charlotte. Here's why.
From the local paper
The local paper fails go into much detail when it comes to how Roger Best came to the point in his life where he decided to try armed robbery of a newspaper carrier in the dark early morning hours in Uptown Charlotte.
By all accounts Best was a thug since the day he was born.
His first arrest as on adult came on April 3, 2011, at age 17. The charge Felony Breaking and Entering.
On August 18, 2011 the judge bought into the idea that Best is a good boy and just needs a second chance. His sentence of 5 years is suspended in lieu of probation.
But by February 29, 2012 his probation is revoked and he is ordered to serve 10 months in prison.
Best is released from prison after only serving only 5 months of the 8 to 10 month sentence on July 26, 2012.
A month later on August 31, 2012 Best is arrested again, and there's little surprise the charge is again breaking and entering.
While awaiting trial and out of pre trail release he was arrested again on September 12, 2012.
At this point Best is denied bail and is remanded to custody until his March 7, 2013 court hearing. Best later enters a guilty plea and is convicted on both charges though consolidation for sentencing, along with the additional charge of HABITUAL BREAKING AND ENTERING. Best is given a sentence of one to four years. He begins serving his sentence on March 9, 2013.
Roger Best remained in prison from March 2013 until January 22, 2015 when he is released from prison. As a condition of parole among obtaining a job, remaining drug free and reporting to his Parole Officer as requests he must wear an ankle monitor. He had served only 23 months of a possible 60 month sentence.
On January 24, 2015, Best hits the streets only to resume his crime spree until he is arrested on March 2, 2015.
Upon release Best again cuts off his ankle monitor and continues his life of crime. After four months violating the conditions of his parole he is picked up and charged with removing his ankle bracelet on July 16, 2015.
He spends 72 hours in jail and is again released to resume his wave of violence.
On July 24, 2015 Best is picked up again.
On December 3, 2015 he's arrested while driving a stolen car.
|Roger T. Best December 11, 2015|
The charges are eventually dropped but he is returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his March 7, 2013 sentence.
Roger Best is again paroled from state prison on December 2, 2016.
On December 2, 2016 within hours of his release, Best is arrested, again charged with removing his monitoring device.
|Roger T. Best December 2, 2016|
Best is released once again on December 5, 2016.
On January 12, 2017 Roger Best is arrested again
|Roger T. Best January 12, 2017|
Best is out awaiting a March 3, 2017 court date on the January 12, 2017 misdemeanor larceny charge. When he shoots and kills Walter "Wes" Scott.
As taxpayers we pay vast amounts of money so that we, our children, our parents, our friends, employees, neighbors, and family members are protected from thugs like Roger Best.
It is absurd that career thugs like Roger Best are given repeated free passes when it is so crystal clear there is no chance of reform.
In Mr. Best's case it was obvious that he had no intent to conform to society's norm or obey the law. His path through life for whatever reason was a continuing escalation of crime and violence.
We have a criminal justice system that is said to be broken according to former president of the United States because it unfairly treats African Americans. I say it is broken because it allows pond scum like Roger Best to live outside the walls of confinement despite his refusal to conform to basic human standards, that it is indeed broken, but not in its mistreatment of African Americans but in its refusal to accept that some criminals are beyond redemption.
That sadly the only answer for those like Roger Best is lethal injection.