A 17 year old kid throws a single punch in an altercation in which an MIT student gets stabbed to death. Does that 17 year old kid deserve a life sentence even though he was not the one who stabbed the student? Is he still sitting in jail because of a series of governors that have been unwilling to take what they consider a political risk assessed after the Willie Horton case?
I think 20 years in prison is more than enough time for Joe Donovan to serve for throwing a punch. The family of the victim agrees. We have career criminals walking the street because of Annie Dookhan falsifying evidence in potentially 34000 cases….and yet this kid is left to rot.
It’s time for Deval Patrick to grow a set and pardon Joe Donovan!
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