In March of last year, a then 15-year-old Michael Phelps shot Chance Jackson within the walls of Martinsville West Middle School in Martinsville, Indiana. Jackson survived but not without great medical cost since Phelps’ bullets ripped through seven of his organs. Phelps was tried as an adult, convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison on attempted murder charges.
Before everyone gets their beak bent about this poor soul being sent to prison not only did he admit that he tried to kill Jackson, he had shown the gun around school, tried to make Jackson fight him and fashioned a weapon in jail while awaiting trial. This is no ‘poor kid’. And oh yeah, there was this matter of witness intimidation too.
This past Monday Phelps’ 30-year sentence was upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the original ruling of Phelps being charged as an adult was correct as most juvenile programs would not take him due to his proclivity for violence. They also ruled that the sentence was just due to the nature of the crime.
If anyone feels sorry for Phelps I defy you to go to Indiana and ask Chance Jackson if he feels sorry for Phelps. There’s only one victim here and it’s not the one sitting in prison.