Colt Lundy claims he had never bullied anyone. He makes quilts, supposedly for the homeless, but he will sell them, too. He says he will not begrudge Paul Henry being released from prison when he is 18, but I wonder about this given his inclination in the past to shed off part of the blame for Philip Danner’s death. He claims to be unsure of whose idea the murder was at first. At the same time, he is said to be a “model prisoner.” He has gotten his GED. He is growing up and becoming more emotionally mature.
Bobby King, a journalist for the Indianapolis Star, had an article published on Monday about Colt, now 19, who had become an “afterthought” in the murder in which Colt had involved two of his friends, Paul Henry Gingerich and Chase Williams. The furor resulting from the sentencing of Paul Henry, a 12-year-old, to 25 years in an adult prison was so great, says King, that the story of Colt Lundy became lost.
I will admit that I am unaware of all the true facts surrounding the crime, although this is not due to lack of interest or trying. I have determined to the best of my knowledge that Colt himself was the source of certain exculpatory disinformation about the shooting and his relationship with Danner. Early in my efforts to have the incident reconsidered by the courts and the public, I was warned off from having any contact with Colt by his father Carlos Lundy—a request which I have scrupulously honored, despite the fact that I did not think this was in the best interests of the boy. But then I was subsequently warned off from supporting Colt by a source I trusted—someone with the means to research his story—who led me to believe that Colt’s version of events was self-serving, inventive, and not to be trusted.
Perhaps it derives from my inclination to side with young people, but I do not find it especially unusual for a young person to “fudge” the facts to make some acceptable sense of a senseless act of violence. I think that if Colt would ask me for my help, I might be inclined to give it, provided he were truthful with me. I have since required young people that I help to first tell me truthfully how they have come to be in trouble with the law.
But I am not inclined to reach out to Colt, especially given the fact that his father has sued me for publicizing the father’s criminal record (the case has gone to court in Kosciusko County IN, I have asked that the case be dismissed, and the judge has taken it under advisement). Regardless of what the same court that sentenced a 12-year-old to a 25-year sentence may decide, I know I have the truth on my side. Moreover, the father’s attempt to bully me through the courts only reinforces the claims that the son, in turn, bullied others.
Yet no one should be denied a chance at redemption. The absolute truth is hard to know and often includes elements of wishful thinking, intention, and anticipation. There is much in Colt’s version of truth of which to be supportive, if not to be believed whole cloth. The truth and redemption are dynamic things, and should include visions of what is possible, as well as what has been.
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