While the thought of sending a kid to prison for the remainder of his natural life is appalling, there are cases that really raise the eye brows. In my last post I spoke of Jeff Johnson and his case, the fact that he declares he was not the killer, and yet he received life without parole and a sentence longer than his elder co-defendant.
Erik Jensen's (left) is equally compelling. He was a kid who found himself in a bizarre situation that none of us can ever imagine. His friend, Nathan Yabanez, got into an argument with his abusive mother and when Erik entered the room she was dead. He went on to try and help his friend save himself. Not the right thing to do but who would be thinking clearly at this point?
Again Alan Prendergast writes an exceptional article concerning this young lifer. Even more poignant is the letter that Erik Jensen wrote himself. Read on:
Erik Jensen, juvenile lifer, hangs onto hope "now more than ever"
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