Santa Fe High Shooter Could Walk Free
According to USA Today, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis who is the prime suspect in the Santa Fe High School Texas mass shooting last week, will not face the death penalty and even worse, he may someday get out of prison.
Pagourtzis is being tried as an adult in the Texas state courts but the Federal Supreme Court will not allow him to be eligible for the death penalty. Texas considers 17-year-olds and older committing violent crimes as adults. Many agree this young man should receive the stiffest of penalties for his alleged crime. Not only does the Federal Supreme Court not allow him to receive the death penalty, they also will not allow anyone under the age of 18 to receive life in prison. This means Pagourtzis, who will most likely be found guilty of the death of at least 10 people will be up for parole in 40 years.
This law is in place because experts believe that human beings 17-years-old and younger do not yet have the cognitive development to completely know right from wrong. The severity and violent manner this crime was executed have a lot of people unsympathetic to any scientific studies, facts, or information that allows this man to possibly go free someday.
Pagourtzis' journal and home computer show plans of the Santa Fe High attack which shows how premeditated this was. 10 people, including students, staff, and others were killed and 13 more were injured and sent to the hospital.