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Prosecuting and Punishing Parricide Offenders

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176667.003.0006
Prosecuting and Punishing Parricide Offenders

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This chapter discusses issues related to charging and prosecuting parricide offenders. It includes a discussion on juvenile parricide offenders who were sentenced to death when that was legally permissible in the United States. Portraits of these cases differ dramatically from the prototypical severely abused youth and provide clear examples of adult parricide offenders who appeared dangerously antisocial. Life without parole (LWOP) is also addressed, and an example of an abused child sentenced to a mandatory LWOP sentence prior to the Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama is presented.

Keywords: prosecution; parricide cases; adolescent parricide offenders; adult parricide offenders; life without parole; sentencing

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