Some news sources are saying that a plea deal is in the works for James Austin Hancock, the 15-year-old who shot two students at point-blank range inside Madison Junior-Senior High School in Ohio. Prosecutors have not commented however the defense believes that case will not go to trial.
In my opinion any plea deal is going to be a joke. It’s bad enough that Hancock is being tried as a juvenile meaning that he can only be held for less than six years, but a plea to reduce that sentence by even one day would be an immense injustice. Only by the grace of God did his two victims not die, his sentence should reflect that bu not giving him a slap on the wrist.
UPDATE 4/28/2016: Earlier today Hancock pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder. He is expected to be held until his 21st birthday. That’s less than 1 1/2 years for each count. That’s a travesty of a sentence.