Skip to comments.Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released [stabbed victim 33 times with butcher knife]
Posted on 06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT by grundle
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened.
Paula Cooper's death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life.
Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke's house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing the 78-year-old Bible school teacher. Pelke let Cooper and two of the teen's companions into her Gary home after they told her they were interested in Bible lessons.
As the fourth teen waited outside as a lookout, Cooper stabbed Pelke 33 times with a butcher knife. Then she and the other girls ransacked the house. The four girls fled with Pelke's car and $10.
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The perp was one of Holder’s people.
If there is any justice in the universe, the next time she kills the victim will be a liberal judge.
“There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them; i.e. criminals”-A Great Historian 1888
“...wait and see and give her a chance,” Labroi said. “Give her an opportunity.”
I wonder if the victim pled for an opportunity or a ‘chance’ while being stabbed to death?
Maybe she gets run over by a gas truck and drinks her own blood.
And the victim?
Which great historian?
She will be arrested for something within a few months.
The Bible School teacher is still dead and the family still suffering the loss? No matter, I suppose.
Lookrf it up. Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn't a historian at all, much less a Great One. Though he was arguably a great philosopher.
Hopefully she will resist arrest.
She would have been released (pardoned) anyway by the sockpuppet’s handlers before he left our White House anyway, so what’s the diff’.
The POTUS can only pardon federal offenses, not state ones.
‘Appears to be Nietzsche, who AFAIK wasn’t a historian at all’
actually,he was a historian. His doctorate was in historiography.
“... and the family still suffering the loss?”
While I’m sure the family is still suffering the loss, they actually forgave the defendant long ago and asked that she not receive the death penalty. At the time, Indiana law did not have a provision for life without parole. The maximum sentence for Murder was 60 years, with credit and good time credit the sentence was cut in half.
I was a young deputy prosecutor when the crime was committed and can still recall the case as it went through the courts.
I have little expectation that Paula Cooper will ever be a productive citizen, and if making book at a casino, would bet that she commits a new crime before the year is out. Regardless, she served the sentence required by the law at the time.
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