This morning in St. Louis a 15 year old by the name of Sherman Burnett Jr. was sentenced to 60 years in prison due to a crime he pleaded guilty to committing when he was 13.
The crime? He admitted to sodomizing, torturing and kidnapping a 6 year old girl. Why? The little girl allegedly threw a rock at him. The little girl picked him out of a yearbook while still in the hospital suffering from wounds that a 6 year old should never have to endure. She had half of one of her ears ripped off, her liver suffered from lascerations, her skull was fractured and bruises covered her all the way from her head to her thighs. Police found the little girl the morning after she was reported missing after the little girl crawled (she was not able to walk) through a hole in a fence next to a railroad track. As the night pressed on she tried to cover herself with leaves for warmth.
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-Do you think the punishment fit the crime?
-Burnett will be 66 before he is able to enter into society again. Is this fair for the crime of a 13 year old?
-Should those under 18 be tried as adults?
-What do you think Burnett's parents are thinking now that the verdict has been given? The little girls parents?
-If this was your child who committed this crime what would your response be to the sentencing?
-If this was your little girl who endured this torture, what would your response be to the sentencing?