The Tragic Case of Larry and Brandon The tragic case of Larry and Brandon is a compelling story. It is a reality that stunned the city of Oxnard California when a 14-year-old boy named Brandon McInerney fatally shot a fellow classmate, Larry King, twice in the back of the head. The incident occurred in a computer lab where Brandon ran off after committing the crime. As a result of his actions Brandon McInerney was tried as an adult and was sentenced to 21 years in prison with no chance of parole. He will be released at the age of 39.
Should juveniles be sentenced to prison for life? Should juveniles be trial as an adult after committing a heinous crime and sentenced to life? As a teenager, this question if far complicated to answer due that I am a teenager yet in my opinion, I believe that the juvenile should not be sentenced to life. I believe that there 's other way to punish them for their crimes. The last execution was in 2006 in California.
The latest shooting took place in Michigan this past February where a six-year-old boy shot dead a classmate. Kayla Rolland, 6, was shot through the neck and died later in hospital. The boy was under the care of his aunt, living in a house where guns were within reach, and drugs were traded for stolen weapons. The six-year-old, suspended from school three times prior to the shooting, once for stabbing a student with a pencil, got the loaded gun from under some blankets on a bed at the house in which he was living. One might imagine that after all these unnecessary deaths, gun laws would be revised to ensure guns are kept out of the hands of children.
However, in recent years, many have argued that juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults; while others argue its antithesis. In 2005, Kirk Gunderson (17) committed suicide while incarcerated in an adult jail. His mother, Vicky Gunderson, explained to a researcher on youth justice how her son was sexually assaulted and involved in physical confrontations. He was placed in confinement where he was left for two and a-half hours by himself. Once the guards came back, Kirk was found dead hanging by a blanket from a smoke detector.
Following the example of other hardended inmates over the years, Horton decided not to return from work. Instead, months later, he viciously tortured and raped a Maryland couple for twelve hours (Bidinotto 5). As this case illustrates, capital punishment is essential to maintain social order in the United States. It is necessary to keep society safe, deter crime, preserve ethical values, uphold the Constitution, and ease the taxpayer's burden. A country and culture as advanced as the United States keeps sentencing repeat violent crime offenders to "life imprisonment without parole," when it would be so much more efficient and better for society if the criminals were executed.
For example, a 12 year old kid, Lionel Tate, beat and killed a 6 year old girl to death because he was imitating professional wrestlers he saw on TV. Life in prison without parole or even going to an adult prison is extreme for a 12 year old. Many kids who make it out of the adult system end up worse than when they went in because they come out as hardened criminals. In another case, Nathaniel Brazill, who shot and killed his teacher at the age of 13. The crime was heinous, but the issue with convicting teenagers as adults is that during the teenage years, gray matter in the brain which supports all our thinking and emotions is purged at a rate of 1 to 2 percent a year.
These two young men had hatred in their hearts that no person will be able to explain. They knew what they were doing and wanted to do it well. They did what they were trying to do: kill others. If these two young men had not committed suicide, would they have been prosecuted as adults? We will never know because of the choice they made to take their own lives, but I certainly hope that they would have received the correction they deserved.
Brown was sentenced to life in prison while McCollum was sentenced to death. They were 15 and 19 years old respectively when they were tried and sentenced and 30 years later in 2014 they were exonerated in light of new DNA evidence linking a completely different man to the crime for which they had spent decades in prison (Katz and Eckholm). The possibility that all of these people could have been killed for crimes they did not commit is terrible and is evidence that this irrevocable punishment should not be an
According to John Parker, an Army veteran who was carrying a concealed handgun during a school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, “professor convinced me to stay put because I might be targeted by the shooter or mistaken for the suspect by police responding to 911 calls”. So if a campus shooting where people are allowed to carry a gun occurs people reaction are not going to be defend themselves they will fear their life because a swat team can easily target them to be the shooter. Let 's say gun laws did allow people to carry on campus and people were to act in defense. We are now going to have everyone shooting everywhere. It will give the swat team a hard time when trying to identify the shooter.
“Think of the chilling effect the murder of a witness has to other potential witnesses to others wanting to come forward,” Davis said.... ... middle of paper ... ...t if the target is attractive enough. This is related to the Routine Activity Theory of sociology. Booth had already committed crimes and missed the first years of his daughter’s life because of being in prison. When he believed that he could potentially go back to prison and miss the first years of his son’s life, he came to the conclusion that it would be more beneficial for him to kill her, so as to not receive more time in prison. It is also possible that he took into account the fact that she was a drug addict, and likely would not be missed.