Teens That Kill – In the News
These stories below represent only a sampling of news on our issue. Please see the States and Legislation tabs to get more news stories specific to those states, and see the Supreme Court section for articles and information on court rulings affecting teen killers. See Media Page for videos and blogs.
LINKS TO NEWS STORIES OF INTEREST
*California begins re-sentencing teen killers for early release
*California Senator who led the effort to end juvenile life sentences convicted of corruption and weapons trafficking.
*Illinois teen gets 55 years for attempted murder of a police officer
*NOVJM mother of murdered law enforcement hero speaks out in article promoting teen killers in San Quentin
*Horrifying details emerge in brutal rape/murder of school teacher and mother of three – 14 year old student arrested for the crime.
*17 year old convicted of blowing away a 13 month old infant in a stroller because the child’s mother had no money when he was robbing her.
*Teens kill elderly World War II veteran.
*Oklahoma teens kill Australian student “for the fun of it”.
*Victims families in Michigan are upset over the legal chaos in their loved ones’ murder cases.
*Lawyers attempt to stretch the Supreme Court ruling beyond its focus to reduce sentence for teen killer in San Diego.
*Davis California teen arrested for murder of couple.
*Five California teens arrested for murder of paramedic.
*Hearing for Colorado teen accused of murder continues.
*17 year old shoots infant in stroller in the head because the baby’s mother had no money to give him in the robbery.
*Teen killer laughs while victims families speak at his sentencing.
*Smithsonian Magazine publishes letter of concern from NOVJL’s President
*New Mexico teen pre-plans murder of his family
*Two North Carolina Teen Young Women Face Life Sentences for Murder
*Victims’ family despairs over early release of Illinois teen killers.
*Excerpts of interview with NOVJL President by Youth Radio on Huffington Post
*NBC covers NOVJL and the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on teen life sentences on some victims
*Teen kills family just because . . .
*New York Times editorial affirms NOVJL’s warning that recent Supreme Court rulings would not significantly reduce days served in prison by most violent juveniles.
*NOVJL President featured in NY Times “Room For Debate” – “In Sentencing, Remember the Victims”
*Texas killer sentenced to 60 Years
*LA Times covers the issue of teen killers and life sentences
*Teens who kill in Chicago post their crime to Facebook
*Texas juvenile about to be tried for shooting classmate in the head
*NOVJL reacts to publication of propaganda report in Michigan in support of teen killers
MSNBC discusses life sentences for teen killers and the upcoming Supreme Court ruling – NOVJL is mentioned
Two teen killers stand trial
Maryland Teen Gets Life Sentence for Murder
*Florida killer gets Life for murdering pregnant mother of his child
*Teen Killer sentenced to life for killing two year old
*Teen Killer shoots up Ohio school, killing and injuring many – will be tried as a juvenile.
*George Mason University Legal Scholar publishes important legal paper on the issue “Juvenile Criminal Responsibility: Can Malice Supply the Want of Years?”
*Palos, Illinois teen arrested for brutally murdering his parents after they take his pot stash
*Sacramento’s newspaper, The SacBee, publishes a viewpoint AGAINST SB 9, quite correctly citing its many flaws
*California murder victims families fight for each other
*Wisconsin: More people die because teen killers are released early
*Misinformation abounds in articles about SB 9 in California – be sure to read the comment sections
*Colorado case illustrate the “all or nothing” problem in sentencing options for teen killers
*Habitual offender in Louisiana gets life finally – first committed murder at age 14
*11 year old Brown accused of murders to be tried as juvenile
*17 year old arrested for stabbing and murdering school principal
*Teen arrested for “killing this girl just for FUN”, says California law enforcement who described the most callous crime of his career he had yet seen.
*National Juvenile Justice Blog publishes NOVJL article and draws fire from advocates against incarcerating juvenile offenders
*Teen killer sentenced to life in Florida for killing another teen
*Teen killer from Minnesota convicted of Iowa murder smiles chillingly while being sentenced
*Teen sons reportedly murder their Mother because she wanted to play a game with them
*The Boston Globe reports a study that shows that offering parole to violent offenders sentenced to life poses a serious danger to the public
*Convicted murderers to be freed if Calfornia Senator gets his way
*Arkansas Teen Killer who murdered his pregnant girlfriend and was sentenced to life now asks to be set free
*Teen Killer “poster boy” for Life Without Parole in California
*Two teens to be tried as adults for multiple murders in Oakland, California
*Juvenile Lifer law proposal causes pain to victims
*5 arrested in North Carolina, including teens, for murdering police officer
*Teen charged with murdering baby and shooting family in California
*12 year old accused murderer faces possible adult life sentence in Florida
*California Senate passes SB 9: costly to taxpayers, could free cop-killers and psychopaths
*5 Murder Verdicts Later, Fenger Student’s Beating Death Remains Unmitigated Tragedy
*Florida charges 12 year old with first degree murder
*Sacramento teen girl and her older teen boyfriend kill her mother after she discovers their affair
*Coverage of SB 9 debate in California, featuring video of NOVJL victim family members, offenders, and their victims
*The Wisconsin Supreme Court rules, as have all the other state Supreme Courts, that a life sentence for a teen killer is entirely constitutional.
*Victim survivor, after her niece murdered her whole family, is not notified of re-sentencing hearing. But teen killer is still sentenced to four life sentences
* California Supreme Court to review case of teen sentenced to 110 years for attempted murders
*NOVJL President addresses National Crime Victims Rights Week Public Policy Forum April 8, 2011 in Washington DC
*NOVJL signs onto national leadership letter from the Victims Rights community calling on the US Senate to preserve the Senate confirmation process for the Director of the federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Download the letter here.
*Hearings to be held in the California Capitol on April 5 for SB 9 that would retroactively parole murderers sentenced to life without parole
*Legislation filed in Colorado without victim notification that would retroactively parole murderers sentenced to life without parole
*Critically acclaimed play opens in Chicago, written by and starring victim survivor of teen killers in Jonesboro, AK school massacre
*National Conference of State Legislators faulty statistics on juveniles who murder
* The United States Supreme Court rules that state criminals do not have a “right” to parole
*NOVJL Board Member Maggie Elvey’s letter published in Sacramento Bee
*Father of brutally murdered son vows revenge as the former teen killer will be paroled early
*Milwaukee 13 year old murders Grandfather
*Patty Columbo seeks parole in Illinois, 35 years after the grisly murder of her family
*16 year old Nicholas Lindsay to be tried for killing Florida police officer
*Pittsburgh area 17 year old to be tried as an adult for horrific murder
*Georgia Teen gets Life for Killing Sister
* Rhode Island Objects to Release Appeal from Teen Killer
* Digging Deeper on Teen Killers
*Three teens plead not guilty to multiple homicide in Modesto
*Governor Schwarzenegger commutes sentence of teen killer Kruzan as he leaves office
*Wisconsin Supreme Court hears argument of teen killer
*Washington County Oregon asks that Teen Killer be Tried as Adult
*Iowa Court Rejects Appeal of Teen Killer
*Savannah Teen Killer First Murder of the Year
*Court finds 110 year sentence of Teen Killer Constitutional
*Minnesota Teen repeat offender kills Two Men in Iowa
*California judge reduces teen killer’s sentences
*Teen surrenders in Alabama after murder and crime spree
*Omaha Teen kills school principal, vice-principal then self
*Victims and Legal Experts gather nationally to discuss Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) and sentencing of teens who kill
*Missouri Supreme Court upholds life sentence for teen murderer
*Michigan Teen Guilty in Murders
*Teen Killer’s 10 year term angers victims family
*Teen sentenced to natural life for killing Police Officer Mason Samborski
*Paroled Teen kills two officers in Chicago
*Mass teen killing in Sacramento
*Oakland, CA teen kills in drive by
*20 year anniversary of triple homicide in Illinois
*Michigan killer still lying about her case to get clemency
*Juvenile Lifer in Illinois released on technicality only to kill again – now faces death penalty
*Violent teen paroled early from a virtual life sentence is later responsible for murders of 4 police officers
*Teen kills 4 year old sister
*Florida couple’s brutal and high profile slaying included 16 year old offender who will be charged as adult
*California Gang Member sentenced to death, but one of his murder cases, committed at 17 is not included
*Front Page Chicago Tribune coverage of Kenosha, Wisconsin case: 14/15 year old cousins face life for killing a woman who had already faced great tragedy in her life and was active with “The Compassionate Friends”, a leading national victim organization.
*More on the Wisconsin woman murdered by two juvenile killers facing LWOP
*Christian Science Monitor on JLWOP, Illinois focus
*A Greenville killer now faces the Death Penalty and broken families left behind all because when he shot people as a teen he was not tried and treated as an adult.
*A 13 year old on trial for murder could face life in New York
*Notorious Outlook Killer is seeking bail
*Tiffany Long case
*Teen to be free soon
*Youth Radio coverage
*Christine Paolila found guilty
*Mother of victim testifies in Virginia
*Merced Teen who kills Infant avoids Life Sentence
*Annapolis. MD teen killer escapes life sentence
*Victims Families devastated that vehicular homicide teen killers walk free
*Greenville Teen rapes and murders 8 year old
*Jonesboro shooter is sentenced
*8 year old who shoots his father makes national headlines especially in how he is interrogated
*Had the offender been treated more seriously as a juvenile, would he have killed as an adult?
*Florida Teen charged as adult in school shooting
*Chicago media figure’s parents brutally murdered by two teens in Indiana
*People Magazine on teen killer in Illinois
*Hate Crime Kills Family Member of Previous Juvenile Killing Case – and another article
*17 year old high school dropout sentenced to 115 years in killing four people / Judge calls him “epitome of evil”
*View chilling video of young killers in the California Department of Corrections discussing their murder victims.