In Chapter 6 of The Outsiders, why did Johnny decide he and Ponyboy should turn themselves in?

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In Chapter 6 of The Outsiders, Dally comes to visit the boys at the abandoned church. He takes them out to eat at Dairy Queen where they eat barbeque sandwiches. Seemingly out of nowhere, Johnny says that they are going back to turn themselves in. Dally is both surprised and...

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In Chapter 6 of The Outsiders, Dally comes to visit the boys at the abandoned church. He takes them out to eat at Dairy Queen where they eat barbeque sandwiches. Seemingly out of nowhere, Johnny says that they are going back to turn themselves in. Dally is both surprised and upset, and Johnny explains his reasoning behind his decision to turn themselves in. Johnny explains to the boys that he believes he has a good chance of being let off easy. He mentions that he has no previous record with the police and that he was acting in self-defense. After finding out that Cherry is willing to help the Greasers, Johnny believes that Cherry and Ponyboy's testimony will be enough to get him a break. Johnny tells Dally that he will not tell the police that Dally aided in their escape and that they will give him back the money and gun he let them borrow. Dally is upset because he doesn't want Johnny to experience life behind bars and end up tough like he did. Unfortunately, Johnny is severely injured when a beam falls from the burning church in the next scene.

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