Sunday, March 28, 2010

Teah Wimberly Gets 25 Years

On Friday, the now 16-year-old Teah Wimberly was sentenced to 25 years for the killing of her high school sweetheart when they were both just 15. AOL News has the report. We've discussed it before here and here.

A Florida teen convicted of killing her high school classmate has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A jury convicted 16-year-old Teah Wimberly of second-degree murder in December, rejecting her insanity defense. She was sentenced Friday.

Authorities said Wimberly and 15-year-old Amanda Collette were longtime friends who had recently stopped speaking before Wimberly shot her in November 2008. Police said Wimberly then ran to a nearby restaurant, called police and confessed.

Wimberly told Collette's family in court that she hoped they could forgive her one day.

Wimberly's attorney, Larry S. Davis, told The Associated Press that he is disappointed with the sentence and hopes that the teen can get the help she needs after appeals are made.

I'm sure AztecRed will find this a very mild sentence, based on what he said about the other gay shooter in Maine. And please don't get me wrong, I don't think his severity has anything to do with sexual orientation and everything to do with some exaggerated concept of law and order.

I happen to think this is an extremely harsh sentence. First of all she was too young to be tried as an adult. And second, her emotional state of mind, having had a falling out with her love interest, not that that constitutes an excuse for this kind of violence, should have been taken into consideration along the lines of temporary insanity.

But, alas the unfortunate child happened to live in Florida.

What's your opinion? Was justice served? Please leave a comment.


  1. "I don't think his severity has anything to do with sexual orientation and everything to do with some exaggerated concept of law and order."

    Aren't you the one who advocated that someone be arrested when their guns are stolen and used in a crime?

    Yes. You are.

    Is that not an exaggerated (if not completely perverted) concept of law and order?

  2. AztecRed, I think people should be held responsible for securing their firearms properly. That's not an exaggerated sense of law and order.

    Punishing people severely for crimes they commit out of passion or stupidity is, on the other hand.

  3. The problem is that failing to properly secure a firearm is not a crime in most places.

    So yes, saying that someone should be arrested when they haven't even committed a crime is an exaggerated concept of law and order.