31 May '14, 2am

Why Is a First Time Nonviolent Teen Offender in a Death Row Prison?

Why Is a First Time Nonviolent Teen Offender in a Death Row Prison?

In November of last year, a group of teen boys in Utah entered a home and held two people at gunpoint with the intent to commit robbery. The youngest of the boys, 16-year-old Cooper Van Huizen , provided his father’s guns to his cohorts but did not use them himself according to court records. In the end, the five boys left with a cellphone, a bag of marijuana, and $10 cash. The terrified victims were physically unharmed. Under a plea deals, two of the boys, now 17 and 19 years old, are serving 210 and 180 days in jail respectively after admitting guilt to second-degree felony counts. The two other teens are awaiting sentencing. In March, after his case was removed from juvenile and sent to adult court, Van Huizen took the same plea deal as the 17-year-old. The defense attorney told his parents they would petition to reduce the charges to misdemeanors after he completed his...

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