23-year-old Travion Blount has spent 8 years behind bars for a bad decision he made at just 15.
The young man is currently serving a sentence of 118 years, plus 6 consecutive life sentences for robbery in Norfolk with two older teenagers.
The then-15-year-old raided a house party with two 18-year-olds who received 10-year and 13-year sentences in plea deals. Blount refused a plea agreement and was found guilty by a Norfolk jury. A Circuit Court judge then handed down what many believe is the longest sentence in the country given to a teenage offender for a crime that wasn’t murder.
Now, a Change.org petition created by Blount’s family is asking for a conditional pardon from outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell.
No one was hurt during the incident, and the sentencing is the harshest ever dished out to a teen for a crime where no one died in the country.
View and sign the petition here.
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