When is it a good time to show the judicial system that a sentence they have handed down to someone that has broken the law is absolutely ridiculous and downright wrong? The answer to that question may be: right now. Pronto!
When Travion Blount of Virginia agreed to crash and rob a house party with his two older buddies, he probably knew it was a stupid idea. Add to that, they only got what amounted to twenty dollars and a joint each from the deal. But that one stupid act cost him so much more.
In 2008, after only a few hours of deliberation, a jury found Blout guilty on 49 out of 51 felony counts and two months later, a Virginia judge sentenced the teen to six life terms plus 118 years for committing an armed robbery in 2006 – when he was 15.
His attorney, John Coggeshall, argues that Blount deserves a second chance.
“He did something really stupid,” Coggeshall told Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV Thursday. “He listened to two older boys, essentially adults, and they robbed a house party, they got $60 and three joints. Nobody was physically hurt.”
On the day that the sentence was handed down, according to Pilot Online, Angela Blount watched her son turn and ask, “What happened, Mom?”
Coggeshall explained that the two other boys, who were 18, agreed to plea bargains, but Blount wanted to go to trial.
“The jury found him guilty, and the judge sentenced him to what most of us consider is the harshest sentence any juvenile has ever gotten for a non-homicide crime,” Coggeshall said.
“Yes, the kid was on the wrong side of the tracks, but nobody deserves that, nobody,” he added.