The parents of a 16-year-old who was arrested as part of a gang that stockpiled an arsenal of stolen weapons and ammunition say they will not plead for mercy if he is sentenced to a long prison term.
"He's a danger to society," Donald Davis said Wednesday of his son, Nicholas. "He's been diagnosed as not having a conscience."
Nicholas was one of six youths, ages 14 to 18, arrested this week on charges of stealing the guns and ammo. Investigators found 140 armor-piercing bullets, about 3,500 rounds of high-powered ammunition, six firearms, two antique bayonets and a crossbow buried in the woods and hidden on vacant lots in the Myrtle Grove community west of Pensacola.
Authorities suspect the teens are associated with the Insane Gangster Disciples, an affiliate of the Folk Nation gang. Escambia County sheriff's deputies said they believe the youths planned to use the weapons for gang-related activities.
Donald and Nanette Davis said their son has been in and out of trouble, counseling and school for years and has a fascination with firearms. He has not lived at home since January when he ran away, they said.
Last year, Nicholas and his younger brother broke into a gun cabinet, stole their father's .22-caliber pistol and used books, including a Bible, for target practice in the back yard, the parents said.
Mrs. Davis recalled a comment Nicholas made after the shootings this year at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.: "Well, they sure got their names in the paper, but they did something stupid. They committed suicide."