Burglary constitutes entering into any structure unlawfully with the aim of committing a crime. In the provided case, the two individuals who participated in a burglary crime knew what their intention was and are, therefore, supposed to be sentenced accordingly. Burglary is considered a serious crime and is categorized as a felony offense. Its penalties and sentences may vary in different states (Ashworth 1).
Even though the two offenders committed the same crime, they should be judged separately. The first person, who is 20 years old with no history of crime but only participated because the other person was his friend should be given a less severe charge on the burglary crime than the second person. The rationale behind this inference would be that the 20-years-old took part in the crime as a result of influence and pressure by the second person who was older than him. Moreover, the fact that the 20-years-old has no previous record of been in trouble further supports that he acted out of his friend’s encouragement. However, this it does not mean that he is less guilty as the burglary offense might have led to severe loss of damage and he knew that it was illegal to engage in such activities.
On the other hand, the other person who is 25-year-old should face a more severe penalty than the first person. The main reason behind this judgment is that he has a history of juvenile delinquency. As such, he is used to crime and should, therefore, face the full wrath of the law.
Overall, the two individuals would not be judged on the same level based on their criminal records. The first person would face a less severe charge as he has no previous record of crime participation. The 25-years-old offender, on the other hand, would be seriously sentenced as he has a record of juvenile law-breaking.
Ashworth, Andrew. Sentencing and criminal justice. Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp 1-5.