JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bobby Bostic will be released from prison after receiving a 241-year prison sentence as a teenager for a 1995 robbery in St. Louis. This came after the judge convicted Bostic in favor of his release.
Bostic and an 18-year-old were found guilty of robbing a Christmas gift distribution group in December 1995. One victim grazed a bullet.
At the time of his sentencing, the ACLU said that Judge Evelyn Baker felt Bostic was not a likely candidate for reinstatement and asked that his sentences be served on an ongoing basis so that he would not be sufficient. Eligibility for pardon until 2091. Bostic will have to live to 112 to even be considered for pardon.
In 2018, Judge Baker said she deeply regrets that sentence. She worked with state legislators to pass HB2201, a law that offers a pardon hearing after 15 years in prison against Bostic and about 100 others serving life sentences without parole for non-homicidal crimes they committed as minors year. The law takes effect on August 28, 2021.
Bostic asked Judge Baker to be his sole advocate at this parole board hearing. Today, the pardon board announced he has been pardoned.
Tony Rothert, ACLU, Missouri’s Director of Integrative Advocacy, said: “Prejudices allow us to believe that a society in which youth commit irredeemable crimes is still subject to it. . “As the legislature continues to add book laws aimed at sending young people out of school to prison, Bobby proves what we all know: who we were when we were kids doesn’t forever define us. What kind of person we can become when we grow up.”
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