Criminal Who Killed Nurse Was Freed After Shooting at 4 Family Members

Murders are only a mystery on television. In real life, there's generally a long paper and digital trail of previous crimes followed by light slaps on the wrist. That's why the pro-crime criminal justice reform movement, despite the stream of lies from its paid advocates, has led to an upsurge in horrifying crimes.

Crimes that could have been very easily prevented by keeping the killer locked away.

This is yet another one of these cases.

Caitlyn Kaufman always wanted to move to Music City.

The 26-year-old woman's dream came true in 2018 when Saint Thomas West Hospital hired her as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, where most recently she worked the midnight shift as a front-line worker caring for COVID-19 patients.

Her young life of service came to an end Thursday evening when Metro Nashville police say someone fired shots into her car as she drove to work along Interstate 440.

"I can't wrap my head around it," her mother Diane Kaufman, 55, told The Tennessean. "I don't know what causes someone to do something like that. She was on her way to work to take care of people... people she didn't know. It's just senseless to me. It's a mother's worst nightmare."

It's America's ongoing pro-crime nightmare.

Once Devaunte Hill was arrested on Friday for the murder of Nashville nurse, Caitlyn Kaufman, News 2 learned more of the 21-year-old’s criminal history.

Hill started his juvenile record when at 16-years-old he shot at four members of his family inside their East Nashville apartment. Hill entered a guilty plea for the 2016 incident on four charges of aggravated assault.

Once he had served time with the Department of Children’s Services for that crime by 2017, Hill was brought back to court for a robbery. He entered another guilty plea which would put him in DCS custody until he turned 19.

Judge Calloway responded to News 2’s request for an interview with a statement addressing the rehabilitation process for youth.

“We are often asked why the law favors treatment and rehabilitation of youth as opposed to punishment and incarceration in the adult prison system.  Research shows the most effective way for youth to become safe and productive members of our community is with evidence-based treatment programs and interventions.”

That's a collection of meaningless buzzwords currently favored by the political elite, like evdence-based, that explains that Kaufman was murdered because some of the violent criminals around get a free pass, especially if they're under the age of 18 when they try to murder someone.

In March 2016, Hill -- then 16 -- was arrested on four counts of attempted homicide after a domestic shooting spree involving four family members, records show. Hill used a handgun to shoot his grandmother, 12-year-old sister and 6-year-old nephew.

Juvenile Court records show Hill pleaded guilty to reduced charges of aggravated assault and was placed in the custody of the Department of Children's Services. DCS released him on a trial home visit in April 2017.

Two months later, just a week from turning 18, Hill was again arrested on aggravated robbery charge after he and another person robbed a neighbor. He pleaded guilty to the juvenile charge and was returned back to DCS custody until his 19th birthday.

Hill was released from DCS custody on March 27, 2018 -- about three months shy of his 19th birthday -- apparently based on good-time credits earned in custody.

Prior to the latest murder charge, he had been arrested as an adult for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and assault.

It's all evidence based.

Calloway said the court is continuing to research how to make things better.

“Juvenile Court is committed to continuing to follow the best research available in order to improve outcomes for all of the citizens of Nashville.  During a time of tragedy, it is difficult to find solace in the fact that we have had a 48% reduction in juvenile arrests in Nashville since 2013, while Nashville’s population has increased dramatically,” Calloway said in a statement.

Find solace in the fact that fewer criminals are being locked up resulting in more crime.

The Police Executive Research Forum examined data on crime in 30 US cities for the period from March 16 to April 12. The law enforcement think tank found that murders increased in nine cities over the same four-week period last year.

Nashville reported the biggest bump, a 233% increase, from 4 homicides in 2019 to 14 in 2020. 

Don't worry folks, it's all evidence based.


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