Lafayette Victims’ Rights Advocate Saddened Over Supreme Court Ruling
The high court says it is unconstitutional to send a child to prison for the rest of their life with no chance of ever getting out. It was a 5 to 4 decision. Lafayette mother Jean Cantrell, who lost her child due to a violent crime perpetrated by minor, says she is upset, sad and nauseous that the United State Supreme Justices would rule this way. Cantrell had this to say to KPEL: (click below)
Cantrell says the Supreme Court's decision is beyond sad. She says she and many other victims' rights advocates across the state of Louisiana have fought in the Legislature for years to try to prevent state lawmakers from passing legislation that would allow for convicted killers, sentenced to life in prison, the ability to be eligible for parole. Cantrell says now, all those efforts were worthless.
In the case of Cantrell's daughter, the crime was terrible. Cantrell says she had just strapped her younger child into a stroller to take that child for a walk around the block. When she was gone, Cantrell says her daughter's attacker broke into her home to rob it. She says her 13-year-old daughter was at home and interrupted the robbery. The daughter yelled at the 15-year-old to leave her house, fought back, but was ultimately strangled to death. Cantrell says her daughter's killer should not get out of jail. Here is what she has to say: (click below)