For sexual assault of three teenage girls. The judge ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. He'll be eligible for parole in 3029.
I've never heard of a sentence this long, before.
There's actually sort of an interesting question here. It seems to me that there might be decreasing marginal disutility in the length of more common prison sentences, that is, a ten-year sentence is not twice as bad as five years. Maybe you get used to it, learn your way around, get moved to a lower security prison, etc. Does this show up in plea bargain negotiations?
We mandate that prisoners receive medical care, but we do not, for example, mandate that they receive plastic surgery at taxpayer expense.
It happens, but it doesn't get much publicity. The high profile cases that would get publicity don't get paroled for that very reason. I suspect the MSM does not want to give LWOP any coverage because they feel it might increase public support for the death penalty. [Citation Needed]
Even when a sentence specifically denies the possibility of parole, government officials may have the power to grant amnesty or reprieves, or commute a sentence to time served.
In the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts one of our Commisars judges ruled in the past year or so that a man serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife was entitled to have sex-change surgery at the expense of the state.
I think you're making a distinction without a difference. The public doesn't want certain felons released period.
I don't think it's necessarily the governor as they generally don't like the bad publicity that comes from pardoning a felon who has committed a particularly shocking crime. We don't need to amend anything. Just execute them.
Yeah, but the next thing you know, some defense attorney will make a clever lawyer's argument that will get the guy out of jail with only half his sentence served.
There is no LWOP in TX. In light of this fact, the sentence is not excessive.
They could freeze the guy until he's eligible for parole in 3209 AD. See, e.g., "Demolition Man," a semi-good action movie starring Wesley Snipes.
In 1989 the Texas prisons were so crowded that the state started releasing prisoners early, and McDuff was one beneficiary in October 1989.
In total, McDuff is believed to have killed 14 people, 11 of them after he had been initially sentenced to death then released from death row because of Furman.