Does teen convict deserve second chance?
Timothy Kane, was involved with break-in in Hudson that resulted in two murders when he was 14. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25.
Now, nearly two decades later, legislators in Tallahassee are considering a bill called the Second Chance for Children in Prison Act. The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether life in prison for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment. And a group of people stretching from Sarasota to Tennessee is pushing for Tim Kane to be freed. Now that he's a man, they believe, it's time to remember that he was a boy.
"I got what I deserved. I did wrong things," Kane said not long ago at the Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell. "But I like to think, I like to hope, that someone can change."
He's 32. "I'm not that 14-year-old boy anymore," he said.
Read the full story and previous Times coverage:
- For young people in prison, life sentence can mean no parole (March 1, 2009)
- Bill redeems model inmates locked up as kids (Jan. 2, 2008)