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Life Terms for Teen Killers: Neither Cruel Nor Unusual

Richard2790 Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 12:57 PM
I have often thought that when judges decree that criminals, particularly violent criminals, have to be released, a bus delivering them to the judge's front door would be appropriate.
IN A COLORADO TOWN in 1996, Verle Mangum bludgeoned Janet and Jennifer Davis to death.

Janet, a 42-year-old nurse's aide, had come home from work and discovered Mangum, then 17, having sex with her 11-year-old daughter, Jennifer. When Janet reached for the phone to call the police, Mangum picked up a baseball bat and fatally bashed her with it. He then used the bat to murder Jennifer as she cowered in the bedroom.

A jury eventually convicted Mangum of both murders. Under Colorado law he was given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. In...