There are worse things than being robbed at gunpoint
"Polk County Man Sets Two Women On Fire". The two women he splashed with gasoline during the robbery took burns over 90% of their bodies.
Thanks to reader Fred Rawlings for the story....
Update: whether and why the law should punish attempt less seriously than a completed crime has LONG been debated. The traditional view was that justice requires retribution for crime, and an attempt did less harm than a completely offense. Then that seemed a little to ... judgmental? ... and the theory arose that the object was incapacitation, lock the guy up or snuff him and he can't do it again, or alternately, deterrence. Under either of those approaches it's hard to explain punishing attempt less strictly -- a perp who tries to kill is just as a much of a risk as one who succeeds, and deterrence of attempts is just as valuable as deterrence of the crime. Of course, here the guy is gonna get the max for, oh, three counts of agg. assault while armed, three of attempted murder, one of burglary (entering a structure with intent to commit theft, and anything else they can fit in. (In AZ, if the perp says "stand over there," they add in kidnapping). In some states, but not AZ, the judge can "stack" sentences at will, so the guy might wind up with about four twenty year sentences, consecutive.