The Daily Progress reports that a defense request to reconsider the unusually long sentence for an Albemarle County (Virginia) teen convicted of a violent December home invasion and a subsequent shooting was denied.
Last month, Judge Paul M. Peatross Jr. gave 18-year-old Jesse Luke Crosson 32 years in prison for his role in the armed robbery of a house on U.S. 29 and for an unrelated shooting a week after that left one man with a gunshot wound to the buttock.
At Crosson’s sentencing on August 22, Peatross, with complete discretion in sentencing, abandoned the sentencing guidelines calculated for Crosson’s 12 felonies and nearly doubled the maximum suggested sentence.
Crosson’s mother, lawyer Nancy Kern (who was our attorney during our time in C’ville), said Lawrence would appeal Peatross’ sentence. She argues that her son’s lengthy incarceration is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars, and questions the punishment’s benefit to society. “Jesse needed experience in jail [and] prison to punish him and make sure he won’t make the mistake again,” Kern said. “But 32 years goes beyond punishment. It is cruelty. Judge Peatross abused his discretion.”
As for the possibility of an early release – the Commonwealth of Virginia abolished parole several years ago.