I have had a lot of contact with many, many criminals over the years, & they have committed just about every crime you can imagine, & some you couldn't. needless to say, they have all had their reasons for doing their crimes. I used to be a lockem all up kinda person, but I have learned that things aren't always so clear cut. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad there are prisons, & there are many people who deserve to be there, but by no means do they all deserve it. I don't know if I empathize as much as I just understand a little more/better. No one is as guilty as everyone else.
This just breaks my heart. Sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do to survive. And, Ken makes a very good point here. We don't know the reasons why people do the things they do, but with this man we do.