This case involved a 4 yr old boy that was abducted by a sex offender, intoxicated, raped, and murdered. Thrown in the trash. Before the trial the offender changed his plea to guilty (had even bragged about raping the boy in jail) so it was up to the judge to sentence him to either death, or life without parole. She gave him life, this was her words to him...
Saying the death penalty was not a harsh enough punishment, a judge ordered for Cecil New II to serve the rest of his life in prison, surrounded by “bigger, meaner men who have nothing to lose.” Death is easy,” she said. “Living outside of death row, in general population in fear of prison justice every day is a hell more suited to you, Mr. New, than living under the protective guise of death row.”
McDonald-Burkman reiterated that this was not a “sentence of mercy, not an act of mercy, not an anti-death penalty stance” but the harshest punishment she could hand down. The judge also addressed Ivan’s family directly, saying she hoped they would find comfort knowing that the only contact New would have would be with bigger, meaner inmates and that “he will be the smaller, weaker, more defenseless.”
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