MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

May 3, 2010 -

19 year old John Odgren has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The teen, who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism) was convicted for the Jan. 19, 2007 stabbing death of 15 year old Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School schoolmate James Alenson in a school bathroom.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty imposed the mandatory life sentence without taking into consideration a request from defense attorneys to declare the punishment unconstitutional because Odgren was a 16-year-old juvenile at the time of the killing. Massachusetts has been pretty strict on violent under age defendants in recent years because of a prior incident; the state used to hold violent offenders at a juvenile facility until they were 21; but several high profile incidents with repeat offenses has changed the formula the state uses dramatically.

Odgren was transferred to the maximum security MCI-Cedar Junction prison facility in Walpole, Massachusetts late last week. He will spend the rest of his days there, barring a successful appeal by his attorneys.

The reason that this case is relevant to gamers is that Odgren's attorney Jonathan Shapiro and Middlesex District Attorney Gerard made plenty of references to books and videogames that allegedly influenced Ogden's behavior including Stephen King's Dark Tower series and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Source: Boston Herald


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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

He got life in prison and thats where he needs to die..

 John killed someone and he thought he would get to go free to do it again to someone else..

John failed as a serial killer  .. now he dies in prison .. by by  killer ashole

Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

If I remember right, didn't our favorite ex-and-never-again-to-be-lawyer try to get himself involved?

Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

"The reason that this case is relevant to gamers is that Odgren's attorney Jonathan Shapiro and Middlesex District Attorney Gerard made plenty of references to books and videogames that allegedly influenced Ogden's behavior including Stephen King's Dark Tower series and Grand Theft Auto IV."

"The teen, who suffered from Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism) was convicted for the Jan. 19, 2007 stabbing death of 15 year old Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School schoolmate James Alenson in a school bathroom."

Grand Theft Auto IV's NA release date: April 29th, 2008.

Would have been a bit difficult for GTA IV to influence his behavior seeing as it came out more than a year after he stabbed his schoolmate.

 

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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

It's possible that they mistook GTA: Vice City to be GTA 4 since it was the next game released after GTA 3.

Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

What about San Andreas? wouldn't that have been the most current GTA released at that point?

Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

It would've been Vice City Stories actually but hey let's not let facts get in the way.

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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

To be honest, the anti-game movement is more concerned with advancing their agenda through fear, uncertainty, and doubt rather than accuracy.

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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

Don't you see, even the anticipation of a new GTA game is so powerful as to influence kids to do evil things.

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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

I love how bi polar the law is on age....... if its sex they are too young if its murder they are never to young....how about minors stop being minor around 15 then from there to 30 you get alot of slack when you mess up. After 30 you get no slack.


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Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

Is this gonna be the classical case of "GAMES DID IT " where people are gonna be shouting "if  games were banned this would never had happen"

Re: MA Teen John Odgren Sentenced to Life

The judge for this case already ruled that videogames had nothing to do with John Odgren's crime.

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