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Robbery Becomes Murder?

I'm sure many of you have heard about the Jamie Lynn Drake case. If you haven't... she was a 19-year-old graduate from Mead High School and went missing for a while. She was found murdered in suspect, Kevin Newland's mother's summer house. Although Newland was found guilty on 12 counts, including Murder in the First Degree, he was not found guilty of premeditated murder in the first degree with aggravating circumstances, which means... he doesn't go to jail for life without parole. Newland's intent was robbery, but ended in a killing. If you knew Jaime do you think this is right? Do you hold any kind of grudge because this man, (20-years-old) is not going to jail for the rest of his life for killing someone you knew? A friend? An acquaintance? Even if you didn't know her, how do you feel about someone murdering and then not going to jail for the rest of their life? I'm not talking about an accident, or self defense, I'm talking about murder. First degree murder-premeditated. Do you care if he had "aggravating circumstances?"

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