In December of 1995, Bobby Bostic and Donald Hutson went on a one-day crime spree, committing over 18 crimes in just that one day. They shot at two victims, missing one and grazing the other. They carjacked a woman, and Hutson groped one of the women before releasing her. Then, they threw their guns in the river and bought marijuana with the money they stole from six people who had been delivering Christmas presents to the needy.
Prosecutors offered both of them plea deals. Hutson took the deal, earning a 30-year stint in jail, while Bostic decided to risk his chances at a trail. It did not pay off, and he was given 241 years in prison. He won’t even be eligible for parole until he is 112 years old. Bostic will never walk free because of his actions at 16 years of age, although he did not kill anyone. In 2010, the Supreme Court outlawed life sentences for anyone under the age of 18 who didn’t commit murder, so why is he still locked up?
Bostic’s sentence was passed down as punishments for multiple crimes, each with additional years which has resulted in his long sentencing. Over 100 current and former judges have come to his defense, and believe that Bostic’s sentencing should be changed. Missouri stands by the sentencing, and unless the judges can get this course brought into the limelight and into the hands of the supreme court, Bobby Bostic will die in prison an old-man as the result of one crime filled day at 16 years old.
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