Yesterday, a jury in Medicine Hat, Alberta, deliberated for just three hours before finding a 13-year-old girl (known only as ‘J.R.’) guilty of aiding and abetting her 23-year-old boy friend in the gruesome killing of her parents and her eight year-old brother because her parents wanted her to break up with her boy friend who will be tried later. JR is the youngest Canadian ever convicted of murder. She will be sentenced next month. The maximum sentence is 10 years in prison although she would not serve more than six. Despite her gruesome crime, does it make any sense to sentence a 13-year-old girl to hard time in a federal penitentiary?
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