New Brunswick, home of “Les Miserables”
On June 16, 2014, Parysh Wood was admitted to prison to serve out a sentence that could quite possibly last until October 1, 2021. At the time of his incarceration, he was 23 years old; a mere youth by reasonable standards. It has been proven in a court of law that Parysh Woods is most certainly guilty of luring an unsuspecting pizza delivery employee to a predetermined location so that he could rob him at gunpoint. After that pivotal event, certainty about Parysh Wood and what his intentions were becomes somewhat nebulous.
What led this young man to commit this sudden, inexplicable act of delinquency remains a mystery. Prior to the aforesaid wrong doing, Parysh Wood was ostensibly an ordinary, law abiding citizen. There are no recorded criminal acts leading up to the night of the robbery; the history of Parysh was untainted and unremarkable. Notwithstanding, for the four months after the crime, before he was apprehended, Parysh Wood committed no other acts of misconduct.
He was in possession of a gun on that particular night- whether it was loaded or not is dubious. After taking the pizza man’s money, he committed one final act of thievery: he took pizza, for he was apparently hungry.
In the book of Proverbs, Chapter 6, verse 30, we are given this wisdom:
“Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry”.
How long had Parysh Wood been hungry? This question cannot be negated if we look closely and truthfully at the Parysh Wood with mercy and compassion.
Should he have stolen? No– but the same question was posed hundreds of years ago in the novel “Les Miserables”, in which Jean Valjean was pursued relentlessly by Javert, who sought to imprison him. The crime was not too dissimilar–Jean Valjean stole bread to ease the hunger of his family.
Not far from the apartments where Parysh Wood stole money and food, are the New Brunswick Apartments, continue to be a troubled area of shootings and chicanery.
Obviously, it is necessary for the crime problem in New Brunswick to be addressed. Some crime, however , should be looked at with more probing questions than whether a person is guilty or innocent. Some crimes, such as the ones perpetrated by Parysh Wood, should be scrutinized with candor that that recognizes his need for rehabilitation- not prison time.