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flo's avatar

What would a 17 yr. get in US, for killing 2 people for no good reason?

Asked by flo (12974points) July 19th, 2017

What would the judge give him as punishment? What would be the range since it would depend on the details?

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canidmajor's avatar

It depends on so many factors. Was the 17 year old tried as an adult? Declared non compos mentis at a hearing and unable to stand trial? Does the 17 year old have an attorney? Enough money to hire one from a private firm or a legal aid lawyer?

We would need more details to make any kind of educated guess.

Sneki2's avatar

At least 40 years in prison, I hope.

Roadtodebt's avatar

is anyone else slightly disturbed by this question? Just me? Ok.

Sneki2's avatar

I am slightly suspicious too. It’s very specific.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Fifteen years to life per homicide, unless it is in a state with the death penalty. In that case the jury would decide whether death would be considered.
With multiple homicides, the teen would almost certainly be tried as an adult.

johnpowell's avatar

Is the kid black? A 12 year old black kid is a man. A 39 year old white commits treason and is a kid.

canidmajor's avatar

@Patty_Melt without more details, we don’t know if the killings were pre-meditated or even deliberate. If the 17 year old was driving recklessly and mowed down a couple of people jaywalking on an unlighted street after dark, the punishment would be much less severe than if they stalked, kidnapped, tortured and killed two strangers.

Kardamom's avatar

Is this a case that is currently in the news?

Roadtodebt's avatar

@kardamom no, I’m guessing we should look out for it tomorrow

Patty_Melt's avatar

@canidmajor, the wording of the question, “for no good reason”, indicates to me we are speaking of intentional.
I answered according to my interpretation of the question.
If I read it wrong, I will apologize when OP clarifies.

jca's avatar

It depends on the judge, any mitigating factors, all kinds of things. It depends on how good the kid’s attorney is (for example, will the attorney make the case that the child was abused, foster kid, etc.). Was the killing in self defense? What are the laws of the state as far as the kid being tried as an adult? So many variables it’s impossible for anyone to speculate.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

Turn yourself in with your attorney’s help.

canidmajor's avatar

@Patty_Melt: my post to you was meant as a point of discussion, not a reprimand.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Okay, and making my point clearer for the discussion, I described my thought process in arriving at my initial answer.

flo's avatar

For no good reason meaning no self defense, not at a battlefield, not a child soldier, not coerced by parents….
Would you be choosing to endure Guantanamo Bay if you were told there would be a $10 million at the end of it? That’s not an serious question since there would be no such proposal.

kritiper's avatar

Accidental death gets you manslaughter.
If you kill them on the spur of the moment without thinking/planning it, it’s second degree murder.
If you plan it out before hand, it’s premeditated murder.
Killing someone “for no good reason,” assuming what you mean is second degree murder, and if the 17 year old is tried as an adult, they might get life in prison.

flo's avatar

@kritiper By “for no good reason” I mean just like a kleptomaniac steals without needing to, for fun I guess.

And what if the age was 15 instead of 17?

Patty_Melt's avatar

If it is premeditated, be there any reason or not, any 17 or 15 year old would be tried as an adult.

flo's avatar

@Patty_Melt At what age is too young to be tried as an adult?

kritiper's avatar

@flo Depending on exact circumstances, said 15 year old might be sent to a reform school. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine.

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