This episode chronicles the "DC Sniper" murders, and the battle over sentencing one of the most notorious juvenile murderers in American history.
Miguel is serving a life sentence for the brutal murders of a family of four, committed when he was just 14. He faces the possibility of release, but his claims of rehabilitation are complicated by his denial of any participation in the murder.
This special offers an in-depth, side by side examination of two explosive cases involving juveniles initially sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Richard was 17 when he and a friend committed a robbery that ended in a young woman's death. Now 65, Richard has served nearly 50 years of a life without parole sentence. A model inmate, Richard believes he has demonstrated his rehabilitation.
Malcolm was 17 when he stabbed and killed a neighborhood woman who had offered to help the homeless teen. Now 28 and serving a life without parole sentence, Malcolm hopes to earn an opportunity for a reduced sentence, and forgiveness from her family.
What drives a teenage boy to kill his own father? Justin was only 15 years old when he violently killed his adoptive father. Justin believes he finally snapped after years of corporal punishment.
16-year-old William Najar shot and killed Michael Decker, who was camping in the Phoenix desert. Now 38, Najar is facing an upcoming resentencing hearing.
17-year-old Deon was sentenced to life in prison for killing former classmate Christy Davis in her home. Now 47, Deon has been granted a resentencing hearing, but his continued claim of innocence has brought his capacity for rehabilitation into question.
Dana was only 17 when she killed her former stepmother Brenda in 1994. Back then, the court failed to consider the role of her father in the crime, and the circumstances that led her to murder. Now 44, Dana is fighting for a resentencing hearing.