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Galveston County institutes new law following Supreme Court's holding in Jones case

Our dear friends Scott and Flo Rice advised us of the wonderful news that Judge Mark Henry and elected officials in and around Galveston County passed the following Resolution following the U.s. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Jones v. Mississippi holding allowing for life in prison without the possibility of parole for murderers under the age of 18.

As stated, this Resolution was specifically passed in light of the horrendous mass shooting that occurred at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018:

As the WVPI previously reported, teacher Flo Rice was shot six times that day as she led her students out of the school. Flo witnesses her dear friend, fellow teacher Ann Perkins die just feet away from where Flo fell. If not for the quick actions of Scot Rice, Flo might have been the 11th murdered innocent on that horrible Friday morning.

Under current sentencing guidelines, the confessed shooter who was just 5 months away from his 18th birthday could only be sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison. As he has been incarcerated and then transferred to a psychiatric hospital since the shooting, the maximum he could face in a Texas prison is currently only 37 years.

It is unclear what impact this Resolution could have on the Santa Fe High School shooter's whose trial date has not yet been determined. Stay tuned for further information.

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