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September 24, 2023

Spotlighting disconcerting comments after a disconcerting crime

A regular reader suggest that I post this recent New York Post article headlined "Vegas teen told cops ‘I’ll be out in 30 days’ after he was nabbed in killing of retired police chief in hit-and-run: report."  The reader suggested this piece shows the harms of a “slap on the wrist” as sentencing policy because if "the consequences for improper actions are not significant enough, you get more of those actions." Here are excerpts:

The teen driver who allegedly mowed down a retired police chief in a fatal hit-and-run told Las Vegas police he would be back on the streets in under a month, according to a report.

Jesus Ayala is accused of driving a stolen Hyundai Elantra on Aug. 14 along with Jzamir Keys, 16, and deliberately crashing into and killing Andreas “Andy” Probst, 64, who had been riding his bike, a disturbing video showed.

Ayala, who just turned 18, was arrested hours after Probst was killed and told the police while in custody that he wouldn’t be locked up for long.

“You think this juvenile [expletive] is gonna do some [expletive]? I’ll be out in 30 days, I’ll bet you,” Ayala told the cops, according to KLAS. “It’s just ah, [expletive] ah, hit-and-run — slap on the wrist.”...

Ayala is being held at Clark County Detention Center without bail and was hit with 18 charges including murder, attempted murder and grand larceny. Ayala and Keys made their first appearances Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court, where the teens face charges as adults....

The video allegedly recorded by Keys in August captured the moment the stolen car plowed into the back of Probst while the two teens laughed, saying, “Hit his ass.” Probst was tossed over the hood of the vehicle and left to die.

His widow, Crystal Probst, and daughter, Taylor Probst, were in court for Thursday’s hearing but left immediately afterward without speaking with reporters. Taylor Probst said on Tuesday the attack was a senseless killing caused by the effect “social media has on our youth” — not because of her father’s 35 years in law enforcement....

The death penalty will not be sought in either case because under Nevada law, they face 20 years to life in prison if they are convicted before they turn 18 years old.

The two teens are accused of going on a crime spree throughout the day on Aug. 14, as they allegedly hit a 72-year-old bicyclist while in a stolen Hyundai sedan, drove away, crashed into a Toyota Corolla and again drove away before striking Probst. They later apparently stole two more cars before crashing them into each other.

September 24, 2023 at 01:42 PM | Permalink


Extreme immaturity and evil. No regard for the law.

Posted by: Jim Gormley | Sep 24, 2023 3:07:20 PM


And that disregard for the law is what we create with soft on crime policies.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Sep 24, 2023 4:09:32 PM

No other teens in recent memory have done anything like this before in Nevada. These kids are unique. Thankfully, there are no others like them.

Posted by: Jim Gormley | Sep 24, 2023 4:50:57 PM



Posted by: TarlsQtr | Sep 24, 2023 7:57:34 PM

Doug --

Thank you for posting about this.

Jim Gormley --

They're not "kids" and it has nothing to do with immaturity. A six year-old knows that this is wrong. It is, as you say elsewhere, evil. They knew what they were doing and ran down an old man on a bike, from behind, for the fun of it.

What sentence fits this crime?

Defense Bar Excuse Machine --

C'mon guys, I can't hear you. Why so silent all of a sudden? I'm sure you can trot out your usual arrogant lecture about how the problem isn't with these two "kids," it's with all the rest of us for not having compassion!!! I mean, you've got it on the word processor, so let it rip. Most of you won't sign your names anyway, so what's the harm?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 25, 2023 1:32:48 PM

Jesus Alaya most certainly will not be out in 30 days. His remarks are as deluded and intolerable as his actions.

Posted by: beth curtis | Sep 25, 2023 4:34:26 PM


These men and others like them will never see the same scorn from anyone on this blog that you or I get all of the time. We are the enemies of society, not those killers.

I second the motion that they let it rip and name the sentence that fits the crimes.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Sep 25, 2023 4:41:58 PM

One purpose of sentencing is deterrence. Apparently, this defendant was not deterred by his previous experiences with sentencing.

Posted by: William C Jockusch | Sep 25, 2023 8:00:32 PM

Beth Curtis,

Intolerable? What do you feel made him believe they were tolerable? What sentence should be given to show others those actions are not?

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Sep 25, 2023 9:56:28 PM


I have no idea why he would believe this was not a serious crime and that he would be out in 30 days, but I don't believe his actions were the fault of social media as the officer's daughter stated.

Of course, prosecutors will determine charges and they appear to be taking their job seriously.

Posted by: beth curtis | Sep 26, 2023 8:22:25 PM

Criminal coddling leads to innocent people dying.

Posted by: federalist | Sep 27, 2023 12:20:53 PM

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