Monday, March 3, 2008

What were you doing when you were 13 years old? Playing video games?

Thanks SB, Happy Belated B'day...

Learning a musical instrument?
Were you out kidnapping, beating and raping six-year-olds?
Well, that's exactly what 13-year-old Sherman Burnett Jr. was doing on the afternoon of the 11th of November, 2005.
Sherman Burnett went after this little girl, who, according to him, had thrown a rock at him. Once he caught her, Sherman pulled this little girl off into the woods, beat the living daylights out of her and sodomized her.
Sherman Burnett beat the girl so badly t hat she had half an ear torn off, her liver had been lacerated, she had a skull fracture and she was covered in bruises from the crown of her head down to her thighs.
Having satisfied his urges, Sherman walked off and left the little girl, who was beaten so badly that she couldn't walk, to die in the cold night air.
Fortunately, she didn't give up the ghost that easily. After crawling through a hole in a fence that was near some railroad tracks by her house, the girl was able to cover herself with enough leaves and keep warm enough to survive the night.
Thirteen hours after she had disappeared, she was found at 5:30 the next morning less than 200 feet from her house by a police officer during a massive search of her neighborhood.
While recovering from her ordeal in the St. Louis Children's Hospital, the police brought her a few yearbooks to look at in the hopes that she would be able to pick out her attacker.
She had absol utely no problem identifying Sherman Burnett Jr. from his yearbook picture.
During interviews with the authorities, Sherman Burnette blamed the girl for the attack, stating that if she hadn't thrown the rock at him, he wouldn't have attacked her. While he denied that he had sexually assaulted the girl, he did admit to state employees that he had beaten her up so badly because he was trying to keep her from remembering anything.
Sherman pled guilty on the 10th of August, 2007, to sodomy, attempted rape, kidnapping and assault.
In what seems like an attempt at dissuading future youthful offenders, now-15-year-old Sherman Burnett Jr. was sentenced to 60 years in prison after the judge mentioned that was how long the victim felt her attacker should be locked up.
The judge gave him 20 years for each count of child kidnapping and assault and 10 years for sodomy and attempted rape.
Sherman will be unable to be paroled until he serves at least 85 percent of his sentence. This means he will be in prison for the next 51 years.
When told he would spend the rest of his life in prison, he seemed to have no problem with it, accepting his fate in true stoic fashion.
His parents, on the other hand, were quite upset.

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