New bill could shorten sentences for young murderers
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:16:56 GMT —
Red roses were the symbol unifying family members of murder victims. Dozens listening to testimony Tuesday as state legislators weigh a new bill.
Among them---Steve Babcock.
â??When you murder someone, you take someone's life. You should not be entitled to a second chance,â?? says Babcock.
His daughter, Trisha Babcock of Davison, was murdered by a 12-year old.
Trishaâ??s killer could be released when he turns 21.
â??I don't feel that anyone that is convicted of first degree felony firearm murder or felony murder should ever be given a second chance,â?? says Babcock.
Michiganâ??s attorney general also testifying on behalf of victims families Tuesday.
â??There are no birthday parties or grad parties when they've lost a son or a daughter,â?? says Bill Schuette.
Advocates for young offenders say there are a lot of gray areas and would benefit from a second chance.
The bill comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled life in prison without parole for juvenile murderers is cruel and unusual punishment.
â??Cruel and unusual punishment, ya know, I guess they never lost a daughter or a son,â?? says Babcock.
The senate and house will continue debate over their respective bills. As for Steve Babcock, he says he won't stop until he gets justice for daughter.