Monday, July 20, 2009

Blair Holt's killer gets 100 years

WOW! I'm going to just say that this individual got the book thrown right at him!
The teenage gunman who admitted gunning down Julian High School honors student Blair Holt on a packed CTA bus was sentenced this afternoon to 100 years in prison.

Michael “Mario” Pace, 18, could have served life in prison for his role in the May 10, 2007, killing.

Pace pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

Kevin Jones, the 17-year-old accused of supplying Pace with the .40-caliber gun used in the shootings, already has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.

Holt died shielding his friend Tiara Reed when Pace, a reputed gang member, stormed a CTA bus at 103rd and Halsted and began shooting, trying to strike a rival. Holt, 16, was not the intended target.

Reed was shot in the foot. Three others were injured.
If 100 years in prison isn't life, I don't know what is. If there is a lawyer in the house does 100 years in prison mean something else? Is it possible he'll get parole in 10? How come this isn't considered life in prison because 100 years is close to life in prison to me!

BTW, read the whole article! Focus on the thoughts of his parents, they spoke at this sentencing.

Also, I don't think this guy cared what happened to him as I read the rest of this article. He didn't care who he shot at and the fact that he got sent away to prison for 100 years, the article made it seem like it was no big deal to him!

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