People do find themselves in desperate situations.......leaving children alone, who are too young to be alone, because they can't pay for day care on minimum wage. Running an extension cord to the neighbors utility box to power their home.
But there is NO excuse for harming your fellow being. I do not care how bad your childhood, marriage, last boss or coworkers were, you have no excuse to wound or maim another human being.
The punishment is already supposed to fit the crime. The only problem that I see, is our court systems have become too lenient.
How many "second" chances should we get?