Sunday, 27 January 2013

What is the Free Ronald L. Sanford campaign all about?

On January 18th, ITV, Trevor McDonald's on death row two part series started, during the first episode Trevor McDonald spoke to a man who had been sentenced to 170 years in prison for a crime he'd committed at the age of thirteen years old. Ronald L. Sanford had partaken in the double homicide of two elderly woman in their home. You may think for the double murder of two woman that Ronald got all he deserved, but as it goes there are a lot more to the story than meets the initial eye!
After the crime took place, Ronald was tried as an adult, to be tried as an adult at just thirteen years of age is an injustice in itself. Ronald's friend Sean who was also involved put 100% blame on Ronald, telling police he was merely in the house. Sean only pleaded guilty to burglary, something Ronald also did along with his other convictions, the thing being Sean was sentenced to 5 years for his part in the burglary and Ronald was sentenced to 20 years for his. How can two people partake in the same crime, both plead guilty and one person get 15 years more than the other? Surely in any case the prison time should of been the same for both Ronald & Sean?
If the judge in Ronald's case had decided to have his sentences run concurrently, Ronald would have been out of Indiana State Prison in 2010, but unfortunately he didn't and therefore Ronald is spending 170 years in prison without possibility for parole until he turns 100 years of age. For most people that is the heart breaker, as no one is saying what Ronald did wasn't bad, or should be gone unpunished but that he has already spent 25 years of his life in a maximum security prison since he was 15. He turned from a boy to a man, with little life experience over a mistake that not only cost the life of those two woman, but alas, his own! 


This campaign is a group of people who have come together to get their voices heard over the Ronald L. Sanford case, have his case looked at and hopefully somewhere along the time give him back his life. During his interview he comments that "It will always be with me, for the rest of my life. I always say it's like an albatross around my neck. No matter where I go or what I do for the rest of my life, it will always be with me". For a man who has educated himself, rehabilitated himself and bettered himself into the man he is today to never be given a chance of normal life is tragic. I've heard negative comments on our quest to help Ronald, saying he shouldn't be free'd because of his crimes but his words show no matter where he is he will never be 'free' because he will always have to live with what he has done wherever he is, whatever he is doing. Surely 25 years on, he deserves a second chance to live? 




Please, If you haven't heard enough about Ronald's case follow some links to find out more, and even sign the petition to get our voice louder. 

Trevor McDonald interviews Ronald;
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Follow me on twitter to be kept up to date with our campaign as it happens;
 here 


Like our Facebook page and interact with us, other members & have your own voice heard on here

84 comments:

  1. hello, trying to get in touch with the folks who are trying to help ronald. i do not use facebook as a matter of principle. how can i get in touch with you all
    thank you
    miriam

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    1. I wish there was a way to help him. His case should at least be reviewed. Children should be tried as children.

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    2. I DONT KNOW WHETHER THIS HELPS HIM GETTING FREE OR NOT.
      BUT WHEN I SEE HIS MUGSHOTS ON GOOGLE IMAGES, I NOTICE DIFFERENT HEIGHT MEASUREMENTS. ARE THOSE TAKEN AT DIFFERENT TIMES? IF YES, THEN THE T-SHIRT THAT HE IS WEARING LOOKS THE SAME TO ME.

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    3. I believe Ronald has rehabilitated. He is very articulate in what he says, and I sense growth and remorse in his interviews.

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  2. HI Miriam

    here is the online petition form:-
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/rlsanford/signatures

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  3. certainly not what I asked about. I have signed it a long time ago. but I got your email address although no one bothered to get in touch with me. I guess you do not need help.

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  4. I am the third part of this story. I am the one that got away. Sean and Ronald both know me. I still resonate....shock....of their images on the TV, knowing that I would have been there, perhaps. Sean, you and I had a knife fight that might have prevented it. Sean, you were the only one with a knife. Remember, my lil bro attacked you with a ruler? Still.... to close though, I was recently moved. Weird this anniversary....I am so moved. Sean, pay respect to our perseverance and the humblest roots of friendship. You will never find a deeper connection or a better friend. I do not have the words.

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  5. I was right there then. We know why he did what he did. It was fucked up. Ronald had fucked up hair cut, dirty clothes, and smelled funny, but it did not stop him from rising. He was a force, though ill willed at the time. He was smart, we were identified as gifted. Sean, was not. Held back a couple of times I think. Ronald disturbed class on a regular. Sean ran the hallways.

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    1. Hello

      Nothing has been said about R.L's childhood. Its all so disturbing. I mean they just threw R.L. away! Was there protest? What happened?

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  7. James,
    Sean Rowe is at New Castle Correctional Facility. He is in there for molestation. At least that was what he was convicted for, whether it is true I do not know nor trust the system especially for Afro-Americans and people of color. He is supposed to get out in 2014. His DOC# is 891046

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  8. Dear All

    What is the movement on freeing Ronald L Sanford? I read somewhere that the governer of Indiana would a petition signed by a 100,000 people to eview his case!
    I know we all get caught up in our lives and it is easy to forget Ronald in jail, but i was wandering or hoping that progress had been made on his case.

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  9. My name is samara and I am britsish. After watching Trevor McDonald's docunebtary and seeing Sanfords case my world view has been completely rocked. Sanford has transformed from a mindless youngster to a real man. Living in Britain I see the same transformation as an 1& year old girl. Many boys my age have a violent mentality and do not fear consequences however I have seen the transform into real mature men. After learning from the consequences. I believe if someone held a conversation with Sanford oblivious to his past they would think he was a regular well rounded knowledgable man. And I don't think anyone can doubt that. The man has spent 25 years essentially a life sentence. It's time for him to prove to us he is no longer a mindless young boy. I think everyone must know this deep Down. I would really appreciate it if you could email me to keep me updated on the case!



    Samara.laboriel@hotmail.co.uk
    Thank you all the best

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  10. my name is salman and just after watching the ITV documentary i googled Ronald L Sanford and this blog comes up.butt i cant c any activity on it from long time would anyone please update about his petition whats happening with that.and is there anyway if we can send a letter to Ronald in jail.please if someone can provide any information regarding this i will be very thankful.i wana write to Ronald.

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  11. I am from Europe and I saw the interview of Sir Trevor Mc Donald yesterday, I was so shocked, I could not sleep the whole night. I am not a friend of the Execution law, nor am I a friend of murderer, but I think that he should be free by now, he was 13 years old, he was still a child, come on, 170 years of prison, this is really ridiculous. Other people get 10 years for murder I guess if he would have been a white guy he would be free by now.

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    1. I am from germany and i also saw Ronald on TV on 12. November. I was very shocked and i want to write Roland. If anyone need his adress:
      ronald L. sanford
      #875353
      Indiana State Prison
      PO BOX41
      MICHIGAN CITY
      I N 46360
      10 months ago Report Abuse

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    2. I'm from germany too, very intersting plan to write Ronald! Did you get an answer?

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  12. I wrote to President Obama 4 months ago when the program first aired in the United Kingdom, but I received no acknowledgement. After tonight watching President Obama's moving talk on the death of Nelson Mandela, about how Mandela inspired him, fought for justice, understanding and forgiveness, I am going to write to President Obama again. We must all do this.

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  13. If Ronald had committed his crime in England he would have been tried as a juvenile, and been free by now (no doubt with a university degree, given his intelligence). You only have to cite the case of Venables and Thompson (James Bulger murder) who were nurtured throughout their incarceration and have now been released. I have personal knowledge of a 'lifer' who served 18 years here for a premeditated stabbing. Ronald has clearly become a thoughtful, articulate and above all remorseful man, whose experience of prison life could surely be put to effective use with young people, should he so desire. Without diminishing his crime in any way, I say let him have a chance to pay his debt to society in a free, active, positive way.

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  14. Ronald's "writings on the wall" that I saw in the tv documantary will be a permanent inspiration for the rest of my life. Thank you Ronald!

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  15. I have just watched right now the TV program, and i feel so trouble about Ronald's case... when i think about you, about Ronald, the only thing comes to my mind is everybody needs a second chance, and you have never get one...I would like to have a correspondance with him...excuse my English, i'm French

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  16. Ich werde alles tun was mir möglich ist um Ihn zu retten. Er hat viel mehr gebüßt als er müsste. Und wenn er frei ist lade ich Ihn gern zu mir ein.

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  17. After watching the 12 year old lifer last night on Channel 4*UK), it has renewed my interest again in the US system.
    However the documentary failed to mention that Paul Gingerich's case been reviewed, retried, and he is to spend the rest of his sentence in juvi and will not goto adult prison, thank the good Lord for that.
    Infact with his brilliant behaviour he may be out at 18, good news.
    However in the case of Ronald L Sanford, the governer would review his case if he recieved a 100,000 petitions.
    I have no idea if his petition is still on going, the ipetition website for Ronald L Sanford is no longer in use, terrible how people forget.
    But who will fight for Ronald? He seems very well rehabilitated now and deserves a life outside his cell.
    I guess if he was white he may have got a better deal.

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    1. I agree with you and wonder the same. State systems are very rigid, society has to get very "loud" bevor things change. What about starting a new petition?

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  18. what if it was YOUR grandmother he savagely MURDERED? Anyone who can butcher an old woman at age 13 is born a monster. a NATURAL killer.

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    1. There is no natural killer, the environment takes the responsibility for it. You didn't think much about it.

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    2. I agree with Adam Soloman. Keep his ass in prison where he belongs. I see a bunch of cry babies here who, obviously, have never been the victim of a crime. Get real and grow up people

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  19. He doesn't even deserve to live let alone be free. What is wrong with you people?

    He speaks well but I'm HAPPY as hell he will die in prison. Murder is not a mistake. He is a savage beast.. an animal. Nothing less. All of you trying to free him are pathetic suckers and you will fail.

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    1. Aparrantley his accomplice, who was 15, was the main instigator behind the attackeand it is documented that the 15 year old took a deal to stitch up Ronald in turn for leniency!
      So maybe you shoul read the facts before getting all emotional!
      I am not diminishing what Ronald L Sanford did, but it seems to me and the rest of the world that looks fairly well rehabilitated to me!
      I can just imagine ROnald L Sanford going around to schools speaking to children, getting his poetry published, there is a life outside waiting for him and i pray he/we find a way to get him out.
      But already his online petition is closed, so now what!

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    2. To follow on Ronald L Sanford's accomplice has been in and out of ail for years, including child porn.
      So i guess they got the wrong Animal hey Adam?

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    3. I say they should give the two old ladies a second chance. The Sanford criminal HAS his second chance, he is alive even though he murdered two defenseless old women- imagine having to see your sibling murdered by home invaders, on the last hour of your life?

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  20. Can anybody delete this primitiv comment?

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  21. I do love the harshness of the American judicial system but I am torn, he should of never been tried as an adult, you are NOT fully responsible for your actions at that age. But punishment should be given for murder, but 170 years? What is the point of that, it will not teach him remorse or rehabilitate him [I believe he has taught himself that] he should be given the chance for parole much much earlier and maybe have only served what our pathetic British judicial system calls life 21 years? I hope his appeals go well.

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  22. Im watching this again and its heartbreaking. God I was an absolute rebel at 13 years old and now Ive been a Dentist for 6 years. Yes he killed two elderly women but he was 13 years old!!!! He's now in his 40s and he has served a life sentence for this, his best years no doubt.
    He's never had an 18th birthday party, 21st, 30th, never probably been with a woman, been to the pub or a club, been abroad, been to a restaurant, made a group of life long friends and he never will... its so sad :(
    Im having a good life but I get sad when I think of all the life experiences I will never have or what could've been. I can't imagine what it must be like to never have any hope.
    Does anyone know if his petition is still going on?
    I wish one of the wealthy celebrities out there would help and hire an amazing lawyer to help him instead of buying yet another Rolls. They could change someones life so spectacularly :( I hope one day he will be free :(

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  23. THis linke will break your heart:-
    http://www.scribes.eu/2013/01/ronald-l-sanford-170-years-in-indiana_23.html

    Oh Lord please have mercy on Ronal L Sanford's soul and set him free from jail

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    1. Break my heart??? I am as happy as can be that he is where he belongs!!!

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  24. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/review-ronald-l-sanfords-case/bFNjhkRv

    PLEASE SIGN ASAP FOR RONALD

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    1. Great!!! The petition site has been taken down!!! Fantastic!!!!

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  25. This animal deserfes everything he gets. I hope he rots in there.

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  26. Spread this link to petition the white house for clemency for Ronald. 26 years is enough.

    http://wh.gov/iXe08

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    1. The petition was closeed down. It had TWO SIGNATURES!!!! Good job people!! He stays right where he belongs!!!!

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  27. I can't get ronald out my head. He should never of committed the crime but he's accepted that he has and has openly admitted that its scarred him for life. He shouldn't of been tried as an adult when he was still a child! Does anyone have a recent address for him? I would love to write to him. He deserves company in paper if he can never have it in person. Poor guy

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  28. British jury system is a joke!!! Aggreed but American system is bullshite.

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  29. Commit adult crimes, get adult sentences. he deserves to rot.

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  30. Ronny boy MUTILATED and MURDERED two old women. He is right where he belongs. Some want to focus on his age and not what he did. In this country if you mutilate and murder two old ladies you never get out of jail. There is no way you will get 100,000 signatures for this piece of shit. Should it even get close to half of that I will personally get the crime scene photos released to the public. If i have to I will put them on billboards in Indiana. Let me say something to all you bleeding heart limey bastards, mind your own fucking business. Take care of your own niggers who murder white women and let us take care of ours.

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    2. What he did is not justifiable, however neither is your disgusting overt racism

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    4. Mr Walters is more bothered that a black kid now a man killed two white woman and I agree the crime is not justifiable but I believe he has done long enough ? If it was a white kid killing a black women would he get 170 years I don't believe he would I don't think the colour of a man's skin should determine how long he gets. But that seam's to be the way in good old u.s.a Am sorry I just hate racists and people using that word and I don't wish to divert away from the crime it's self but come on he was 13 just a kid punish him yes but don't destroy him give him a chance

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  31. He should be put to death. He killed 2 people. Cause they wouldn't let him cut their grass. All he had to do was go to a few more houses and he would not be where he is today. He belongs behind bars the rest of h is life. Should be the death sentence.

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  32. He should be put to death. He killed 2 people. Cause they wouldn't let him cut their grass. All he had to do was go to a few more houses and he would not be where he is today. He belongs behind bars the rest of h is life. Should be the death sentence.

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    1. Hope u see how he fills u prick

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    2. Hope u see how he fills u prick

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  33. Just let the man go
    No ones perfect he's done the time
    What judge could put him away for 170 he's never going to see the out side again now

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  34. If he was in England he would of done his time and been out am not saying he should get out here and now but give him a chance after all he was only a kid when his crime took place he is now a man and full of remorse as everyone can see

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  35. If he was in England he would of done his time and been out am not saying he should get out here and now but give him a chance after all he was only a kid when his crime took place he is now a man and full of remorse as everyone can see

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  36. I come back two years later to see he's still in there! Sad, very sad indeed.

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  37. WOW. This man needs a second chance.

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  38. so heart breaking is there anything we can do to free this man :(

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  39. What is the status of freeing Ronald L Sanford?

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  40. seems there are plenty of ppl who are just feeling sorry for him and not actually doing anything. How about setting up a public funding project like fundme or some other site to hire a lawyer

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  41. let the little bird free...so sad he got this type sentence when he was just a little boy..please free him

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  42. What is the actual situation of Ronald Sanford ? is anything happened ?

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  43. I notice that he is now blocked from receiving money

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    1. hi brad, are you in mail contact with him or how do you get this info ?

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  44. I am doing an EPQ which involves a comparison between his crime and that of Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, two 10 year old boys who abducted, tortured and killed a 2 year old boy in Liverpool, England in 1993. The differences between the cases are shocking and highlights the injustices of Sanford's case. Anyone who thinks that he deserves to die for his crime, or that his punishment is just, is quite frankly an idiot. Does a 13 year old boy really have the capability to kill an elderly woman and then wait until her sister to return home before he kills her too? What about Sean Rowe in this situation - He is 2 years older than Sanford, at 15, and has already had previous run-ins with the law. Surely he would have been able to stop this crime: He will be stronger physically and mentally, and lets not forget that he immediately requested a plea deal upon his arrest, placing all the blame onto Sanford right away - If he was innocent this would not have been needed. Lets not also forget than Sanford left that scene with nothing: he gained nothing at all from the murder of those two ladies, they were his neighbours. Rowe on the other hand left with $5, which he used to go to the Fair, something that an innocent child would not have been able to do if they had just witnessed a crime as violent and sickening as this one. Which of the two was more capable of committing the crime? I don't believe that anyone apart from the four that were in the house will ever know what happened on that day, but I do know that Ronald Sanford has served his time and that he is remorseful for his actions.

    If anyone would like to contact me about either of the cases, or for any information that I have found, please email me at:
    beckyharris19998@gmail.com

    I am not by any means claiming to be an expert on this case but it has stayed with me since I first watched the documentary on ITV, and from that moment something did not sit well with me.

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  45. I agree with some of what you say Becky. I am from Australia and our crime rate is considerably lower than in America. Our sentencing is very different. I was shocked by the fact that people get such sentences there. TBH I wonder why a judicial system would bother sentencing someone to so many years. Clearly there is no belief in rehabilitation in these states. In which case (although totally against it) I don't understand why tax payers are paying for long slow death sentences rather than just doing it. Surely they must have so little faith in their programs to do this. In the case of Ronald, I am truly perplexed. He deserved time.. obviously. But if a country truly believes that they cannot rehabilitate a 13 year old child, then they need better programs. Ronald is now self educated, very literate and shows promise as a man who could be an asset to society. I work as a teacher in Juvenile Detention in Australia, and would be horrified (and would quit) if we were supposed to simply give up on 13 year old children!! Good luck with your cause Ronald, and well done to your supporters!

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  46. Hello everyone. This story just recently hit me and it hit me like a ton of bricks for some reason. I'd really like to communicate with this man, Bro. Ronald. He should NOT be in that place. He should have been released so long ago and it saddens me. If anyone has any information an how I can reach him, please let me know. You can reach me at penelopelanelle@gmail.com or 443.515.7108. Thank you so much. God bless.

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  47. Oh my Gosh. I am kind of touched and short of words. I hope they look into his case and review it. Free Ronald Sanford 👍👍

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  48. A truly heart-breaking story, except shockingly it is real life. This poor man, an obvious victim of bad justice, deserves to live the rest of his life in liberty. He isn't a risk and he isn't dangerous judging by his demeanour, his sentence is only a waste of American tax payers money. I am a University student in the UK studying Criminology, and I am using this case for a conference about 'youth offenders' as victims. If anyone has any current information that would be great. Please contact me at 15594373@students.lincoln.ac.uk

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  49. I will be praying for u he deserves a second chance

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  50. Let him out he has done enough time

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  51. Ask the two dead sisters who were in their 80s
    if he should get parole? Oh ya right ,their
    still dead. Beng that he's in ad seg ,shows he
    can't can control himself even in prison!
    NO PAROLE...

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