While the media may tell you otherwise Minnesota seems to be a breeding ground for craigslist killers. This is the 3rd or 4th craigslist murder I can think of in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This time police in St. Paul, Minnesota arrested 26-year-old Steven Emmanuel Lewis in the shooting death of 19-year-old Aung Thu Bo.
Bo had responded to an ad on craigslist for a cell phone, Lewis allegedly was the seller. Police say that after meeting in public Lewis convinced Bo to go back to Lewis’ place where the charger and other accessories for the phone were. Lewis pulled a gun on Bo to rob him. When Bo wasn’t producing any cash fast enough Lewis went to reach into Bo’s pocket when the gun went off with the bullet striking Bo in the head. Bo was removed from life support the next day.
When police caught up to Lewis he allegedly tried telling police that he was shot in a totally unrelated incident.
Here’s the real tragedy. Bo was a promising college student who worked hard to help support his family. Conversely, Lewis was a career criminal whose charges included punching a woman who was pregnant with his child.
Bo was charged with second-degree murder so if Minnesota even had a death penalty he wouldn’t be eligible for it.
Since part of his name is Emmanuel Lewis here’s hoping that his cellies make him their little Webster.
A productive member of society is dead while the leech who killed him continues to leech off the system. In Minnesota, there will be no justice for Aung Thu Bo.
UPDATE 8/17/2012: A memorial fund has been set up for Aung Thu Bo.
Cards and gifts can be sent to the Aung Bo Memorial Fund at the Topline Federal Credit Union, 976 Lexington Av., St. Paul, Minn. 55103.
I wonder if Craig or Jimmy will be making any donations.
UPDATE 7/16/2013: Lewis has pleaded guilty saying he never meant to shoot Aung Thu Bo. His sentencing is scheduled for September.
UPDATE 9/4/2013: Lewis was sentenced to 24 years in prison for 2nd degree murder.