Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Keaire Brown

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Defendants

A girl who shot a teen to death at age 13 — the youngest killer to be prosecuted as an adult in Kansas — will be among the youngest inmates serving life. A Wyandotte County judge on Thursday sentenced Keaira Brown, also known as Keaire Brown, now 16, to life with no parole possible for 20 years. Defense lawyers said they will appeal and raise the issue of whether Kansas law allowing adult prosecution and life sentences for children that young is unconstitutional. Prosecutors and the family of the victim, 16-year-old victim Scott Sappington Jr., say Brown committed a heinous crime and deserves the time.

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