Dimitrios Pagourtzis is an evil person who committed a crime that can only be described as heinous.
You’d think that the death penalty would be on the table for him especially in a state like Texas.
Thanks to the Supreme Court, the death penalty appears to be off the table and Pagourtzis could even be a free man one day.
From USA Today:
The suspect in Friday’s school shooting may be considered an adult in Texas state courts, but he cannot face the death penalty, according to a 2005 federal Supreme Court ruling.
For 100 years, Texas has considered 17-year-olds to be adults when they commit crimes, according to research from The Marshall Project. And Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged Friday as an adult with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
But the 2005 high court ruling that bans execution of criminals younger than 18 and a 2012 ruling about juveniles facing life in prison mean that Pagourtzis could be up for parole after 40 years.
In 2012, another landmark case, Miller v. Alabama, abolished mandatory life without parole for juveniles. That means Pagourtzis could be eligible for parole after 40 years in prison.
You have to imagine there are a lot of people in Santa, Fe Texas who won’t be happy about this.
Obviously, no one is excited about the idea of putting teenagers to death but if anyone qualifies for the death penalty it’s this guy and to pretend that he doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong seems pretty silly.
Are 17-year-olds really juveniles when it comes to murder cases? Mass murder cases?
There are plenty of people who are against the death penalty but is there anyone out there who is really against locking this monster up for the rest of his life?
If you asked 100 people on the street you have to imagine that at 99 of them would say this guy should never see freedom.
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Santa Fe.