Late last month the US Supreme Court reaffirmed its earlier ruling that automatic life sentences without parole for teens was unconstitutional. This re-ruling has caused the attorney for Kip Kinkel to appeal the 115 year sentence a then 15-year-old Kinkel received for the 1998 murder of his parents and shooting killing two at Thurston High School in Oregon. The problem we’ve been here before.
In 2013 Kinkel tried to appeal his sentence after the Supreme Court made their initial ruling in 2012. is appeal was denied then because his sentence was not a mandatory life sentence. Kinkel entered into a plea deal of 25 years however the sentencing judge added 40 months for each charge of attempted murder for which there were 25 charges. While I’m far from a legal expert I fail to see what’s changed in the last three years.
As far as I’m concerned Kinkel is the only school shooter who got a sentence close to what he deserved.
UPDATE 2/12/2016: To the surprise of absolutely no one Kinkel’s sentence has been upheld yet again.
UPDATE 5/10/2018: The Oregon State Supreme Court has once again ruled that Kinkel’s 100+ year sentence is constitutional.