Augusta teen gets 2 life sentences in murders of girl, 16, and baby

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 4:44 PM
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Teen sentenced in shooting deaths of 16-year-old, baby

A teenager was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus five years Wednesday after his conviction for the murder of 16-year-old Tykiah Palmer and her baby, who was 7 months’ developed when she was delivered by emergency cesarean section after Palmer was shot.

Loviet Nushawn Edwards, 17, was tried as an adult beginning Monday on a charge of malice murder for the death of Palmer and her baby, who died about an hour after birth at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Investigators said Edwards, who was 15 at the time, and Palmer were arguing on the street in the 2100 block of Ramblewood Drive on Feb. 17, 2010, when Ed­wards pulled out a gun and started shooting. Palmer was hit in the chest and died an hour later.

– Kyle Martin, staff writer

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Patty-P
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Patty-P 09/21/11 - 04:57 pm
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This is a tragedy for the

This is a tragedy for the victim and the family of the victim. It is also a tragedy for this young man, who was only 15 at the time of the incident, to have thrown his life away like this. Just sad all the way around. The violence needs to stop.

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Willow Bailey 09/21/11 - 07:00 pm
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How can one have no concept

How can one have no concept of reality? Do these kids think?

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 09/21/11 - 09:03 pm
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Willow - well, no. Which is

Willow - well, no. Which is part of the reason we shouldn't try 15 year olds as adults.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/21/11 - 09:52 pm
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Do big boy crime, do big boy

Do big boy crime, do big boy time.

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 11:50 pm
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Lot of bad choices made out

Lot of bad choices made out there, Bad Choices all the way round.

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/21/11 - 11:02 pm
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Judges and DA’S gone wild

Judges and DA’S gone wild with sentencing juveniles. Building more prisons than schools. No programs to help the kids, just prisons to hold them. They packing the prisons with young minorities and throwing away the keys, no more rehabilitation.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 09/21/11 - 11:25 pm
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It's funny to me that we

It's funny to me that we don't treat 15 year olds as adults in ANY way...unless they commit a crime. They can't vote, consent to sex, smoke, drink, or drive a car because we believe they are too immature. But for some reason we think they're mature enough to "do big boy crime."

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 09/21/11 - 11:38 pm
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Maybe we can let him out of

Maybe we can let him out of jail and he can come live with you. I'm sure he's just a misunderstood child. It seems like you understand. Maybe you can help rehabilitate him.

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jackrussell 09/22/11 - 01:35 am
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Amen fatboy. Realitycheck,

Amen fatboy. Realitycheck, how would you feel knowing all he had to say after the verdict is "this is some bull$#@%!?" He is without remorse. His own friends testified against him. I don't feel sorry one bit. At 15 I knew right from wrong. I said yes and no sir. I knew you weren't supposed to stick a knife in somebody and I sure as heck would have never thought to touch a gun even though my parents kept one in the house that was accessible. I KNEW better because I was taught to know. Too many people are having babies and turning them loose for teachers, cops, and grandparents to wrangle instead of taking the responsibility and raising the children they create. Put a bandaid on your heart.

dbanks18
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dbanks18 09/22/11 - 02:33 am
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Fatboy and Jackrussel, I

Fatboy and Jackrussel, I totally agree 1000%. Thats what wrong with the U.S. now feeling sorry for to many people. That kid knew exactly what he did.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 09/22/11 - 04:10 am
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“The Adolescent

“The Adolescent Brain

Teenagers and adults often don't see eye to eye, but new brain research is shedding light on why. Although adolescence is often characterized by increased independence and a desire for knowledge and exploration, it is also a time when brain changes can result in high-risk behaviors, addiction vulnerability, and mental illness, as different parts of the brain mature at different rates.”

http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=brainBriefings_Adolescent_brain

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 06:05 am
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73 U.S. inmates -- most of

73 U.S. inmates -- most of them minorities -- who were sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison for crimes committed when they were 13 or 14, according to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that defends indigent defendants and prisoners.

The 73 are just a fraction of the more than 2,000 offenders serving life sentences for crimes they committed as minors under the age of 18.
Across the country, most juvenile offenders and many adults are given a second chance. Charles Manson, convicted in seven notorious murders committed when he was 27, will be eligible for his 12th parole hearing in 2012. He's been denied parole 11 times. Even "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz, who confessed to killing six people in the 1970s when he was in his 20s, has had four parole hearings, though he has said he doesn't deserve parole and doesn't want it.

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-04-08/justice/teens.life.sentence_1_parole-...

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 06:12 am
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What's crazy is the DA was

What's crazy is the DA was said to have kept refering to the then 15 year old in his closing as a reasonable man. He kills someone and then he can be refered to as a man. realitycheck09 was dead on about juvenile rights.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 09/22/11 - 07:07 am
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bjphysics...' Although

bjphysics...' Although adolescence is often characterized by increased independence and a desire for knowledge and exploration, it is also a time when brain changes can result in high-risk behaviors, addiction vulnerability, and mental illness, as different parts of the brain mature at different rates.'

This is the exact reason why I stated on a previous post that kids are being placed into situations where they are vulnerable to making bad decisions. Kids are growing up too fast. They are staying out late and end up getting involved in activities that they have no business getting involved in. If we want to help juveniles during this 'critical' growth period, we have to care enough to draw the line when it comes to 'adult-like' behavior.

realitycheck09...'It's funny to me that we don't treat 15 year olds as adults in ANY way...unless they commit a crime. They can't vote, consent to sex, smoke, drink, or drive a car because we believe they are too immature. But for some reason we think they're mature enough to 'do big boy crime.'

Again, we, as a society, have somewhere along the way condoned the rush to adulthood for youth. There are way too many teens openly smoking (and selling drugs - without consequence), they drink (going out and hanging out in or around what should be adult parties), and many parents give the keys to their 15 year olds and allow them to drive at leisure all times of night. Teens 13,14,15 have easy access to guns. We treat juveniles like adults in every other way, but when they get caught up in what some refer to as 'an adult crime', we want to go back to treating them like a child.

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madgerman 09/22/11 - 08:10 am
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As I drive down Crosscreek
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As I drive down Crosscreek Road I see a group of school age teens well on their way to the same situation. Do I feel sorry for them !!!! no. Obviously they have little or no regard for the neighborhood they live in and their mothers could care less how they spend their days or the mess they have made of the house which by the way the taxpayers are subsidizing.

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cityman 09/22/11 - 08:35 am
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Why waste money on this? My
Unpublished

Why waste money on this? My taxes are too high already. I can't take amy more taxes!

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 09/22/11 - 09:34 am
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jackrussell, I agree with

jackrussell, I agree with you. At 15 I knew what was right and what was wrong and I certainly knew that it was wrong to break into peoples homes and steal their belongings and also to kill someone because they disrespected you. What a crop. I have no empathy for this murderer. Whatsnext, what do you suppose society should do for this killer other than put him in jail for the rest of his life. Also the people you mention are still in jail and will never get out, as it should be. This would be my opinion no matter the race. Your minority comments are not valid in my opinion and if a person cannot conduct themselves in a civilized way and they commit crimes they should be in prison.

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bdouglas 09/22/11 - 12:28 pm
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Interesting case brings up a

Interesting case brings up a point I've made before. This kid kills the girl and her unborn baby and gets two life sentences. Yet, if the girl had chosen to kill the baby via abortion it's perfectly legal...

ReJean-Tenee
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ReJean-Tenee 09/22/11 - 12:58 pm
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I sat and read all these

I sat and read all these comments and im not gonna lie i didnt like some of them. The 16 year old girl that he shot was my bestfriend. For as long as we knew the young man he was always in trouble. This was an everyday thing with him but for him to pull out a gun and shoot her was wrong. He killed her and her unborn child so yes he does deserve TWO LIFE SENTENCES. And for the people who think he was wrongly convicted, i want you to think if it was one of you people who was shot and if they were pregnant? So for all of you that are just saying things for the fun off it, Think about the situation from both views!!!!

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 09/22/11 - 01:37 pm
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Patty - P: perhaps my

Patty - P: perhaps my comment left a word out which confused you. 15 year olds can't *legally* do any of the things I mentioned because we consider them to be too mentally immature or not yet developed mentally. Thus, if you are too mentally immature to vote, drink, smoke, or drive, then surely you are too mentally immature (or developed) to understand the consequences of adult crime.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 09/22/11 - 02:51 pm
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realitycheck09...I'm not

realitycheck09...I'm not confused at all. My point is to say that *legally* kids are not supposed to do these things but they do. And many people turn a blind eye to the behavior. Some parents allow their kids to participate in these *illegal*, and yet 'adult' behaviors. The kids then get caught up doing 'adult' crimes. If we treat them like adults they will attempt to behave like adults, and may suffer the penalties (just as an adult) when they commit a crime. If people feel that they are too immature (or developed) to understand the consequences of adult crimes, then they need to be at home at appropriate times - not out all times of night, need not own guns, or behave in ways that are not appropriate for their age.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 09/22/11 - 09:36 pm
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Patty - well, that, sadly, is

Patty - well, that, sadly, is a problem of children having children instead of adults having them. :)

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 10:02 pm
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I would rather pay my tax

I would rather pay my tax dollars for programs to reform people. If God can give us second chances these kids most definitely deserve one. Remember a sin is a sin. Your sins count as well. And then we put people in charge of judging others who are even bigger sinners. As the prison population increases, ages and increasingly suffers from chronic illnesses such as AIDS and hepatitis, state policy makers must either foot the bill, change the way health care is delivered or rethink the sentencing laws that led to the problem in the first place.

Because of "get-tough-on-crime laws" such as three-strikes law, more people are going to prison and staying behind bars longer, making the United States the number one incarcerator in the world.

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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 10:34 pm
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The United States is the

The United States is the world's leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails -- a 500% increase over the past thirty years. These trends have resulted in prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed by the burden of funding a rapidly expanding penal system, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.

http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=107

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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 10:39 pm
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Young lifers deserve chance

Young lifers deserve chance for redemption
When it comes to cruel and expensive punishment for juveniles, California stands out, with 296 inmates who committed crimes when they were 16 or 17 years old serving life sentences with no possibility of parole.

California disproportionately hands out these types of life sentences to juveniles, with African Americans sentenced to life without parole at over 18 times the rate of their white counterparts. Even the notoriously tough-on-crime Texas has eliminated life without possibility of parole for juveniles, as have many other states.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/25/3860217/young-lifers-deserve-chance-for...

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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 11:24 pm
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Criminologists and legal

Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College London.
Several specialists here and abroad pointed to a surprising explanation for the high incarceration rate in the United States: democracy.

Most state court judges and prosecutors in the United States are elected and are therefore sensitive to a public that is, according to opinion polls, generally in favor of tough crime policies. In the rest of the world, criminal justice professionals tend to be civil servants who are insulated from popular demands for tough sentencing.

Whitman, who has studied Tocqueville's work on American penitentiaries, was asked what accounted for America's booming prison population.

"Unfortunately, a lot of the answer is democracy — just what Tocqueville was talking about," he said. "We have a highly politicized criminal justice system."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/americas/23iht-23prison.12253738...

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Little Lamb 09/22/11 - 11:37 pm
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Whatsnext posted: The United

Whatsnext posted:

The United States has . . . 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation. . . .

I may be wrong, but I find this number to be lower than the number of incarcerations in China or India.

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/22/11 - 11:53 pm
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Wow, no difference huh. Teen

Wow, no difference huh.

Teen sentenced to seven years in murder trial

Johnny Dinh, 17, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a seven-year prison sentence followed by 13 years on probation, said Assistant District Attorney Adam King.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_500730.shtml

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/23/11 - 12:01 am
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Wow, no difference huh. An

Wow, no difference huh.

An Augusta man charged in a teen's death while at a party was sentenced to five years in prison this afternoon.

Twenty-six-year-old Morgan Jarvi was charged with second degree murder in the death of 14-year-old Andrea Young.

Investigators say Jarvi was hosting an underage drinking party and that he was drunk and recklessly playing with guns. One of the guns went off, hitting Young in the head.

Jarvi was originally charged with second degree murder, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in exchange for the lesser charge.

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Man_Sentenced_To_5_Years_For_Teens_Sh...

whatsnext112
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whatsnext112 09/23/11 - 12:14 am
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Wow, no difference huh. 1

Wow, no difference huh. 1 year.

An outpouring of emotion in court today as an Evans teen involved in a deadly car accident is sentenced to time behind bars.

16- year old Amber Lever will spend a year at the Youth Detention Center for her part in the wreck.

One teen was killed, four others injured.
Because Amber had previous charges six months earlier, for getting into an accident, also with too many passengers, Judge Doug Flanagan gave her the maximum sentence.

Amber Lever will be released from youth detention today after a judge decided to shorten her sentence in connection with a crash that killed a teenage friend.

Judge Doug Flanagan says he knows he made the right decision for everyone and hopes it will be a lesson many teens will learn from.

http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2011/jul/28/judge-amber-lever-case-speaks-out-...

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