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Moses Lake Middle School shooter Barry Loukaitis in court, then (Oct 1997) and now (April 2016). Barry was sentenced to two life sentences and an additional 205 years without the possibility of parole.

Loukaitis was scheduled to be re-sentenced in October of 2016, due to the ruling on Miller vs. Alabama, which found convictions to be cruel and unusual punishment for juveniles under the age of 18 whom are sentenced to life without parole.

That re-sentencing has since been delayed and will continue in April of 2017. It will include a professional mental health evaluation of present day Loukaitis.

anonymous asked:

The Death penalty is a deterrent!? At least it's supposed to be! It used to be, before people spent 40 yrs on death row. Firing squad? Couple bullets, no biggie smalls! 🚹🔫 💨 pew pew

Even death row advocates know that it’s not a deterrent and admit to that. Statistics show that. Moreover, it isn’t the act of execution that makes the death penalty expensive - in fact, that’s the cheapest aspect in the death penalty. Additionally, the reason inmates languish on death row for so long is because of the appeal process which is to ensure that innocent people are not executed. Countless death row inmates have been exonerated before their execution date. Immediate execution would see them dead.

What’s preferable:

1. A guilty man being sentenced to life imprisonment without parole and an innocent man being sentenced to life imprisonment and later being found not-guilty and released?

2. A guilty man being executed and an innocent man being executed?

I know what I prefer and therefore I do not support capital punishment.
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Joshua Phillips was convicted in July 1999 of murdering his 8-year-old neighbor, Maddie Clifton in November 1998, when he was only 14 years old.  After he accidentally hit her with a baseball while they were playing, Joshua repeatedly hit her with a baseball bat and stabbed her with a knife until she was dead because he was afraid of getting in trouble. He then stuffed her under his waterbed. His mother soon discovered her body and reported it to police. Joshua was sentenced to life without parole. 

36 year old Justin Ross Harris has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after being found guilty of leaving his 2 year old son, Cooper, in a hot car to die. Harris parked his vehicle outside the office where he worked, leaving the little boy inside to overheat in 32C (90F) weather and would later claim he had “forgotten” to drop him off at nursery that day.

After what must have been an unbearably prolonged amount of time, Cooper succumbed to hyperthermia and died a horrible death. What perhaps makes this crime even more vile is the fact that Harris remorselessly walked away into his office and began to send indecently sexual messages to women, including a teenage girl, while his own child agonisingly struggled for his life only meters away.

Although Harris’ wife Leanna Taylor divorced him after his arrest, she did testify in his defence throughout the trial as she refused to believe her husband could intentionally do such a thing to their baby. However, the court proceeded to hear that the defendant had researched online about how long it would take to die in a car due to hot temperatures, which only confirmed both Justin Harris’ guilt and subsequent fate.

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Lesbian Jealousy Murder
Erin Everett

On the 25th of March 2011 in Pennsylvania, Erin Everett shot her girlfriend, Tory Minnick, whilst she slept. After struggling to hide the body before her mother returned, she trashed the home and attacked Tory with a claw hammer to look like a home invasion.

The motive was the fact Tory was about to go back to an ex boyfriend. It’s reported the women had an abusive relationship, verbally and physically. Minnick had reportedly beat Everett on occasions.

In 2011, Erin Everett was sentenced to life without parole

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The Point Lookout Cemetery is a burial ground for inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Almost three quarters of inmates doing time at Angola are serving life without parole, and the average sentence for those with release dates is 90 years. If a deceased inmate does not have a family or loved ones to collect their remains, they are laid to rest in the cemetery on prison grounds. The white cross monuments are inscribed with the inmate’s name and DOC number. The existing Point Lookout is actually the second burial ground on the LSP campus, as the first one was destroyed in a flood in 1927. The identifiable remains recovered from the flood were reburied in a mass grave. The deceased were formerly buried in cardboard boxes, but Burl Cain, who served as warden for LSP from 1995-2016 mandated that inmates be buried in wooden caskets, which are manufactured in a woodworking shop inside the prison. He was quoted as saying “Once a man dies, his sentence is complete and there should be dignity in the passing.”

anonymous asked:

How did the man who bludgeoned his infant daughter to death, and then set her on fire, only get 25 years?? That's absurd.

Unfortunately he got a plea deal. Also, it’s 25 to life, meaning that he very well will most likely be denied parole after those 25 years - hopefully at least. The maximum state in that state is life without parole which is what he certainly deserves. He’s a young guy, to think that he could be out in 25 years when Maddox doesn’t get a chance to grow old makes me feel physically sick.

anonymous asked:

Can you post Allen's letter?

hey, I don’t really wanna scan and post the actual letter because there are a few private things in there about like mental health and stuff (i don’t mean to sound like a bitch) but I can write a lot of the things he said if you’d like!

pertaining to his case he just basically said he was feeling very suicidal and he lost control and made some bad decisions. - but tbh I didn’t really ask much about his case (maybe I should have) but he did say “if you have any more questions pertaining to my case please feel free to ask, if there’s anything I can do for you” which is really open and I’m surprised about that!

he said although he has life without parole he will never give up and likes to keep his spirits high.

he said that WSP is very racially divided and he hangs around with the Asians and Pacific Islanders.

he said he spends his days reading, listening to music, watching TV/movies, working out and praying, he said that since his crime he has became a better Christian. he said his hobbies and interests used to be programming, filming, producing music, photography and architecture but now he just loves lifting weights. 

he said he loves reading and writing and plans to one day write a book about his life and crime.

he said he’s been watching a lot of KUWTK and next top model lately (he put a smiley next to this) and recently he watched Safe Haven and No Strings Attached and they were both really great movies.


that’s about it really, I know scanning would have been better but like I said there’s a few things I asked him about that I’m not sure I would like to post right now but I hope this is okay :)

Main Reasons I Am Opposed To Capital Punishment

I just wanted to list a few reasons why I do not support the death penalty. Please note the follwing text represents my personal opinion and not an argument against capital punishment.

1. It doesnt deter criminals

No less than eleven studies have proven conclusively that the death penalty does not reduce the rate of violent crime. In fact, in states where the death penalty is legal, there are higher reported levels of homicide, rape, armed robbery, and assault against police officers. The American South has the highest homicide rate of any other region, and is also the region where 80% of executions are carried out.

2. Its expensive

In trials where the defendant is facing the death penalty, the state spends TWICE as much money on trial proceedings than they do on defendants who face life without parole. The average cost of a trial where the defendant is sentenced to death averages around 1.2 million dollars, compared to around 600 000 dollars for a trial that results in life imprisonment. The state of Florida alone spends nearly 60 million per YEAR upholding capital punishment. Appeal proceeding costs for a single offender on death row can cover the cost of housing dozens life-without-parole offenders for over 40 years.

3. It creates a brutalization effect

Its a well documented fact that the media coverage of an execution causes a spike in homicide and rape rates for the period when an execution takes place. This is called the ‘brutalization effect’, where desensitizing the populace against an execution causes more capital punishment crimes to be committed during the execution period. Its been estimated that homicide rates spike as much as 10% during media coverage of an execution, with gun crime, rape, assault, and robbery also rising during the period.

Notable inmates at USP Florence ADMAX

USP Florence ADMAX Pt. II

Zacarias Moussaoui - Serving 6 life sentences without parole for his role in the September 11th attacks.

Ramzi Yousef - One of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1994 bombing of Philippine Airlines flight 434, and a co-conspirator in a plot to blow up 11 airplanes

Richard Reid - known as the “Shoe Bomber”, Reid attempted to detonate explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami in 2001.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev - Sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Tsarnaev will be held at USP Florence until a date is set for his execution at USP Terre Haute.

Ted Kaczynski - Known as “The Unabomber”, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without parole.

Terry Nichols - Serving 161 life sentences without the possibility of parole for his part in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Eric Rudolph - Known as The Olympic Park Bomber, Rudolph is serving four life sentences for a series of bombings carried out between 1996-1998. A member of the Christian extremist group “Army of God”, Rudolph’s motivation behind the bombings was anti-abortion and anti-gay rights.

Joseph Konopka - Known by his self-given nickname “Dr. Ch@os”, Konopka pled guilty to causing blackouts in Wisconsin through acts of sabotage, and storing potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide in unused portions of the Chicago subway system. Konopka recruited an army of teenage hackers and runaways that lived with him underground, which he named “The army of Ch@os.” Konopka is scheduled for release in 2019.

Robert Hanssen - The former FBI agent assigned to counterintelligence pled guilty to espionage in 2002 for giving classified information to the Soviet Union and later Russia over a period of 20 years. At the time, Hanssen’s crimes were considered the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history, and several intelligence officers were executed because of his actions.

Juan Garcia Abrego - Former head of the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest organized crime syndicates in Mexico. The Gulf Cartel smuggled thousands of tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S. throughout the 80’s. Abrego was convicted of 22 counts of money laundering, drug possession and drug trafficking, for which he was given 11 life sentences.

James Marcello - Known as Little Jimmy, Jimmy Light and Jimmy “The Man” Marcello, the former boss of the Chicago Outfit is serving life for racketeering, extortion, loansharking, bribery, illegal gambling and ordering at least 18 murders.


Thomas Silverstein - Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system, Silverstein is serving life for murdering a correctional officer. The former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang has been housed in solitary confinement since 1983, the longest of any prisoner in American history.

anonymous asked:

So I basically religiously follow your page and I cannot wait for your book!! I was wondering what's your take on my, what I've found to be an un-popular opinion, i think it should be completely okay for an inmate doing life without the chance of parol to end their life if they so choose, if I was ever in that situation I would choose death over being caged up. I know you're against the death penalty but if an inmate really wants to die I don't think they should be helped only not prohibited.

Thank you! I feel as though when a killer commits suicide, the victim(s) don’t receive justice. I believe if an inmate is suicidal, they should be receiving proper mental health care.

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Michelle Murphy awoke on the night of September 12th 1994 to find her life forever altered.  Her son Travis, just 15 weeks old, had been brutally stabbed to death, his body left on the kitchen floor.  After more than 7 hours of police interrogation 17-year-old Michelle admitted to accidentally killing Travis, in a confession which is now widely regarded as being coerced (and of which only 26 minutes was recorded). Her other child, a 2-year-old girl, was promptly placed with another family who later adopted her.

Michelle was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole, though the evidence submitted at trial was highly problematic.  The conviction was largely based upon the testimony of Michelle’s 14-year-old neighbour, William Lee, and on faulty analysis that indicated Michelle’s blood was found at the scene of the crime.  In fact, at the time of the trial, the prosecution had received a report stating that Michelle’s blood type was categorically different to the blood found at the scene - information which they decided to keep to themselves.  A troubled teen with a violent past, it is thought that Lee held a grudge against Michelle for turning down his advances, and his claim to have seen her with blood on her arms was completely unsubstantiated. Lee never made it to trial after accidentally hanging himself while masturbating.

In 2014 further DNA testing was ordered and the District Attorney (who happened to have been the prosecutor at Michelle’s original trial) requested that Michelle’s sentence be vacated, stating that he realised his arguments in the case had not been based on science. After spending 2 decades behind bars, Michelle was finally declared innocent.  Travis’ killer has never been found.

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Scream Copycat Killers
The Murder Of Cassie Jo Stoddart

On the 22nd of September 2006 in Idaho, 16 year old Cassie Jo Stoddart was housesitting her aunties home when her boyfriend Matt came over. Later her two class friends 16 year olds Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper came over, they then left to watch a film, but they never went they were laying in wait. After her boyfriend left the electric kept cutting out, the boys crept back with scream masks on and Adamcik stabbed her 30 times. After the murder the boys drove to black rock canyon and disposed of everything

Shockingly enough the boys videotaped before and after the murder, bragging about what they did and even talked before the killing at school. Brian Draper was obsessed with the Columbine High school Massacre.

At trial Torey Adamcik and Brian Draper were sentenced to life without parole 

The Stoddart Family filed a lawsuit against the Idaho school after claiming that the boys were a threat especially talking about it during class. The claim was dismissed as the actions were not foreseeable. 

When Andrew Conley was 17-years-old  he strangled his 10-year-old brother, Connor, to death. He then handed himself into the police and told them  “I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called Dexter, and it’s on Showtime … I just feel like him.” He explained that he and his younger brother had been wrestling in the living room of their home in November of 2009, when he decided to strangle him. He then dumped his body in a wooded area. He was sentenced to life without parole.

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Dorothea Puente was a female serial killer who was originally charged with the murders of nine people, but would eventually be convicted of only three. Puente’s pattern of crime consisted of robbing or financially exploiting her victims, vulnerable individuals who would typically be her elderly, alcoholic or drug addicted tenants to whom she provided room and board. On one occasion Puente successfully convinced the police that the passing of her 61 year old tenant from an overdose was a suicide. 

When Puente murdered her victims she would drug them with sleeping pills in order to sedate them, before suffocating them. She would then hire people with a criminal history to dig holes in her yard in order to facilitate disposal of the bodies. She hired a handyman on one occasion to build her a box, big enough to fit the remains of her 77 year old fiancé. 

When authorities searched the grounds of her home they would find a total of seven bodies buried on the premises. She would receive a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for the murders, but maintained her innocence - stating that her tenants had simply died from natural causes. 

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Parole is when an inmate is released from prison before the end of their maximum sentence, under strict requirements and with many conditions. Typically, courts will specify in their sentence how much time must be served before the inmate is allowed to petition for parole. (ex. 15-25 years, 15 years to life, etc.) For certain convictions, a life sentence is imposed with or without the possibility of parole. Life without the possibility of parole is called a Determinate life sentence. There are many factors that go in to deciding whether an inmate has the possibility of parole. Sometimes, individuals who are facing very long or life sentences are given an opportunity for parole in exchange for testifying against co-conspirators or cooperating with authorities when otherwise they would not be eligible. In most states, parole is granted or denied by a committee called a parole board. The factors that go into deciding whether to grant parole to an inmate may include:

Behavior while incarcerated

Involvement or non-involvement with gang activity while incarcerated

Involvement pre-incarceration with gangs or organized crime

Establishment of a permanent residence

Establishment of legal employment

Support from non-felon friends and family

Before being granted parole, an inmate must meet with members of the parole board in an interview setting. They may be asked questions about their crime, why they committed their crime, and how they feel about it now. The victim of the inmate’s crime, or a family member of the victim may ask to speak to the parole board and the inmate about their feelings regarding the crime. The inmate also must submit to a psychological exam, and agree to abide by the conditions of parole set by the parole board. These conditions are based on the crime that was committed. They usually include meeting regularly with a parole officer, obeying their curfew, holding steady employment, refraining from any use of drugs, (and in certain cases, alcohol) and attending drug/alcohol dependence counseling. They also may not have any contact with their victim whatsoever, if applicable. Their parole officer will make unannounced visits to the address provided them for the parolee and search the residence for evidence of any illegal activity or anything that would violate the terms of their parole.

Parole is available to inmates in all but 16 states in America.