Richardson Francois and his accomplice Jerry Theodore entered a Montreal jewelry store with a machete and a pistol with the intention of robbing the store. What he didn’t predict was that the store owners would fight back. He was on the receiving end of nitric acid, used for cleaning gold, which left him permanently scarred, and partially blind in one eye.
Francois claims that he was committing the robbery to repay his drug debts, and that he has been suffering from depression as a result of the hard life he has lived. Because of this, he is requesting a lighter sentence, and asking for some sympathy in the case.
Should we show this guy any sympathy? Does he deserve a lighter sentence?