From our friends at The Daily Dot: The online building-block game Minecraft is a great tool that can lead to the strengthening of a player’s creative and strategic abilities. For one unfortunate child, though, the game led to something else: a felony charge.
In 2006, at age 14, Cody Posey murdered his father, stepmother and stepsister on the Chavez Canyon Ranch owned by ABC newsman Sam Donaldson. Posey was sentenced to a juvenile facility, and a few short years later, on October 9, 2010, his 21st birthday, was released.
The tragic element of murder is enhanced when a child is the perpetrator — we mourn not only for the victim, but for the loss of a young person who made a terrible choice.
Paul Gingerich was 12 years old when he and his friend shot and killed a man. Gingerich was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The conviction has been reversed and Gingerich, believed to be the youngest person in Indiana to be sentenced as an adult, will now go back to juvenile court.