Judge: 241 Year Sentence Was “Wrong”
(NBC NEWS) December 12, 1995 was like any other day in St. Louis’ Botanical Heights neighborhood for a kid named Bobby Bostic and his buddy. Drinking. Getting high. They even had guns on them.
“I never thought I’d live to be 18 because everybody around me was dying, so I thought it was just a matter of time before I got killed,” Bobby says.
With that mindset, at just 16-years-old, he made a choice on December 12, 1995. It was a choice that would land him in prison.
“I looked at him, he looked at me, and we just knew there was going to be a robbery,” he recalls.
Bobby and his friend stole money from a group of people delivering Christmas gifts to the needy in their neighborhood.
Old newspaper articles show Bobby shot at one of the men. The bullet grazed his skin.
Bobby and his buddy then forced a woman into her car and drove off, letting her go a few blocks away after stealing from her, too.
Bobby’s accomplice, who was 18 at the time, took a plea deal. A judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.
Bobby chose trial, and a jury found him guilty of 18 criminal charges.
“You are the biggest fool who ever stood in front of this court. You made your choice. You’re going to have to live with your choice. You’re going to die with your choice,” Judge Evelyn Baker said to Bobby in the courtroom in 1997.
She sentenced Bobby to 241 years in prison.
Bobby is now serving a longer sentence than murderers at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, but an unlikely supporter is campaigning for his release.
Judge Evelyn Baker.
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