- Feb 25, 2013
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I believe the applicable Statute Section is 2, not 24. Section 24 applies to convicts, and determination of sentence for offenders aged fourteen through seventeen.BBM
In section 24 of chapter 279 it says 15 years is the minimum a person can serve when they get a life sentence, except for first degree murder. In the case of first degree murder the minimum is 25 years.
I think the news is reporting on BW being eligible for parole in 15 years if he gets a life sentence but not first degree murder. Being eligible for parole doesn't mean he would necessarily serve only 15 years, particularly for such a gruesome and high profile case. The sentencing in that chapter also says it applies "except as an habitual criminal" which the prosecution might argue, so this 15 year minimum might not apply. I hope.