Tuesday, February 28, 2012

From an innocent schoolboy to a killer handed 25 years in jail: Life behind bars for the 14-year-old murderer tried as an adult

While his peers are enjoying weekends hanging out at parks or malls, Paul Gingerich spends his days locked in a cell with a steel door and razor-sharp wire obscuring the view from his window.

The 14-year-old moved to Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana's maximum-security jail for children, two years ago for his part in the fatal shooting of his friend's stepfather.

Sentenced to 25 years behind bars, he was sent to the facility where he sleeps on a mattress on a concrete slab and was given snacks from a vending machine for his birthday.


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