Imagine that you are 17 years old again and are told by another person that for the next 27 to 35 years, you are not allowed to live your life how you want to live it. In fact, you're told that you may not finish high school alongside your classmates, you won't be able to take your driving test like your other friends, and you won't be able to experience what it's like living away from your parents at 18 on a college campus.
Most people would be angry or upset if this happened to them. That's because many people feel like 17 is the age when you really start your adult life. Being forced to miss the next three decades of your life might be considered unfair by some and even downright mean by others. But this is exactly the predicament facing a 17-year-old Washington teen, with similar consequences as well.
At this time, the Ballard High School Senior is facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a man in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. According to police, the teen allegedly shot the man then stole his cellphone. It's because of this that the teen was also charged with attempted robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Because prosecutors are trying him as an adult in this case, he could face 27 to 35 years in prison. As we mentioned above, some may feel this punishment inappropriate for a young adult because it takes away such a large portion of their life. Although the teen has pleaded not guilty to all three charges, he must still appear in court to defend himself. Hopefully, with the help of an experienced attorney, he won't have to endure such a life-changing sentence.
Source: KOMO News, “Teen pleads not guilty to killing man for his cellphone,” Kelly Koopmans, Mar. 17, 2014