FORT MYERS, FL--WINK News investigated a career criminal that now sits behind bars after deputies ended up shooting him yesterday when they say he threatened to run the deputy over in a stolen truck.
23-year old Matthew Wilson has actually been locked up dozens of times and keeps repeating the same crimes.
We investigated just how a criminal like this end up back on the streets.
Matthew Wilson made his first appearance in court Thursday morning after deputies say he stole 2 trucks the day before and eventually led to a deputy shooting at him in fear for his life.
"I can tell you that our community is a better place with him in jail," said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott.
Wilson is a "career criminal" with 31 arrests since 2005.
Most of them for the same thing over and over, like burglary and grand theft; even stealing from his own family.
"My truck was stolen. It disrupted my whole life," said neighbor Susan Bohanon.
So, how does someone with this kind of history continue to be released from jail only to commit the same crimes just days later?
"You raise a good question on an issue that we need to resolve at some point," said defense attorney Robert Harris.
Harris says it all comes down to money and says there just isn't enough of it to fund rehab programs.
"There are no services like that, as you know we have cut mental health services in this county and the state. Rehabilitative services are at a low," said Harris.
Lee County Sheriff,Mike Scott, says the price of keeping someone in jail is just too high.
Scott also says his hands are tied when it comes to keeping repeat offenders behind bars.
"We are not the prosecutor, we are not the judge, we are not the jury, we are not the defense community," said Scott.
"If it is not working, than do something about it," said one of Wilson's neighbors.
This neighbor doesn't want to be identified and has actually been out of prison for two years and now wants to make it her mission to provide help for people like Wilson.
She believes they can change.
"I know they can. If people show them that they care enough to want to help them change, sure they can," she said.
A defense attorney tells us wilson will have to spend at least a minimum of four years in prison if he is convicted of an aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.