In 1995 Bobby Bostic at the age of 16 and a friend by the name of Donald Hutson, 18 committed a pair of robberies. One of the robberies was carried out on a group of people that were delivering Christmas presents that left two people with minor injuries. That led to Bostic being sentenced to 241 years in prison for being an accomplice during a robbery despite the fact that he was 16 at the time and no one was seriously injured.
A nonprofit law firm by the name of The American Civil Liberties Union and 26 former judges and prosecutors to join forces to ask for the U.S Supreme Court to look over the case and reverse the decision made by Circuit Judge Evelyn Baker who told Bostic who refused a 30-year plea deal ” You made your choice. You’re gonna have to live with your choice, and you’re gonna die with your choice because, Bobby Bostic, you will die in the Department of Corrections,”. In the argument to the Supreme Court, they state that life without the possibility of parole for juvenile non-homicide offenders violates the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”
Bostic will be eligible for parole at the age of 112. He has served 21 years of his lengthy sentence and according to reports been an outstanding prisoner. Along with his G.E.D and has also earned a certificate in the field of paralegal.
Although one should be punished for their actions the question remains did the case of sending a message go too far? In my opinion, I agree that it has and that he deserves a chance at life being that none were taken. Even the victims, in this case, were amazed at the amount of time received by Bostic.