Alright, I obviously have a bad habit of not checking the dates of what I come across. I hadn't realized that the crime took place almost a decade ago. That doesn't exactly change what I wanted to debate, but I realize that I should have gone over this more before posting anything.
The point that I was trying to get at was the idea of harsh sentencing and the problems with the US justice system providing parole for serial killers and quashing all hopes for rehabilitation for certain crimes. Parole options are not dates by which a person will be released, because they have to be passed by a parole board.