Tuesday, August 23, 2011
'Sixteen and life to go'
John Browning at the Southeast Texas Record wrote a two-part story with the same title as this post describing the case of Chad Uptergrove, a 36 year old Texas prison inmate tried as an adult 20 years ago under the law of parties for a murder committed by an older friend. See parts one and two. Browning uses the case to discuss the wisdom of trying juveniles as adults, but adds that "before examining the issue of where Chad Uptergrove and so many youths just like him fit within the changing landscape of Texas' treatment of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system, a troubling question remains: did the jury convict an innocent young man?"