They called him "Little Angelo"! He weight only 5 pounds when he was born!!
***SPOILERS*** The feeling as well as bleeding heart social worker Neil Brock, Geroge C. Scott, who was about to leave for his new job downtown as city administrated is forced or volunteers to stay on his old job in helping out 15 year old "L'il Angelo" Lopez, Alberto Castagma, from ending up in the Sing Sing electric chair. That's for stabbing his neighbor grocery store owner Old Man Chris Lombardi to death as well as leaving the scene of the crime. That happened when old Man Lombardi dissed L'il Angelo by refusing to serve him a cup of coffee and tried to kick him out of his store! As L'il Angelo was soon to find out being dissed is one thing but killing someone in cold blood is quite another!
With Brock taking on the defense of L'il Angelo who seems to not give a flying sh*t about the mess he now finds himself in it's up to his mom Lucia Lopez,Joanna Merlin, to come to his defense who has long since disowned him and more then anyone, even the Lombardi family members, else wants to see him fry. Brock uses his knowledge of the mean streets of NYC as well as feelings for all those who live there to get Mrs. Lopez to finally change her mind and come to her rotten son L'il Angelo's defense. That's before he's sentenced of death in handed down by the judge if he's convicted of 1st degree murder.
***SPOILERS*** It took some time for Brock to get Mrs. Lopez to understand that her son L'il Angelo wasn't all that bad even if he killed someone for the unforgivable , on the streets, crime of dissing him and not showing him respect. Since he knows nothing better in the life that he lived, as a street gang leader, on the mean streets of New York City but showing deadly violence when he's disrespected. As for the the judge on the case Judge Morrison, Torin Thatcher, he was convinced that L'il Angelo who by now feels what he did was wrong and is willing to pay for it with his life will learn his lesson after spending six years behind bars in juvenile detention. Then, what at first he was really looking for, instead of him ending up getting zapped, with 2,000 volts of electricity, in the New York state electric chair, grow up and become a law abiding and productive citizen.
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