Which of us could ever forget the classic rant by John Belushi as Joliet Jake Blues in the 1980 classic film, “The Blues Brothers.”
“I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT!”
That is the tactic that Luis “Lucky” Trujillo tried to explain away his guilt in a Salina-area kidnapping.
Fortunately, no one was listening.
The Texas man had broken into three Kansas homes and kidnapped people as he was trying to track down “a drug debt,” according to an Associated Press report.
“Trujillo apologized to his children and to the people he frightened when he broke into two Salina homes and one in Lindsborg last Nov. 1. He was trying to collect on a drug debt of about $3,000.
“Trujillo says meth turned him into a different person who neglected his children and family.”
He’s got eight years in prison to think about that decision.
There is some validity to his argument, of course.
It is understandable that meth did turn him into a different person.
That is why one should not use the toxic substance.
That is why it is illegal.
That is why Kansas law enforcement agencies spend so much time, effort and money on stopping its manufacture, sale and use.
And that is why the taxpayers of Kansas pay the bill and will continue to pay the bill, including paying for Lucky’s room and board for the next eight years.
His excuse just gets more lame the more you think about it.
— Chuck Smith