Reported By Dennis Ferrier
He was the armed robber who changed everything. David Springer's crime spree lead to outrage and prompted a new state law forcing armed robbers to spend at least six years in jail.
Video: State Law Changes After Robber's Crime Spree
One of Springer's victims was so outraged he found the time, energy and the right people to change the law. But the man who sparked the law isn't really affected by it.
For two days, Hunters Lane High School student Springer terrorized people impulsively and frequently: a nanny going to work, a mom unloading the kids from the minivan, a Nashville State student and businessman Tom Truitt.
On Thursday in court, five armed robberies earned Springer a 12-year prison sentence. The 19-year-old will spend at least 10 years in jail.
After serving two years in jail on an armed robbery conviction, Springer got out and went on the crime spree that ended with Truitt.
But Truitt found Rep. Gary Odom, and they pounded out a new law that the governor signed. It's a law that came too late to affect Springer's sentence.
Truitt said he hopes that Springer, who just leaped back into crime after his early release, might not be so eager a decade from now.
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