On January 31, 2011, 14-year-old Alana Calahan was shot and killed by her neighbor, Lacy Aaron Schmidt. Prosecutors say that Schmidt planned the murder for weeks and stole a handgun from her father the night before. He then shot Alana in the back of her head while she was uploading photos to Facebook and dragged her body into the woods to cover up his crime.
Schmidt was convicted of malice murder, felony murder while in the commission of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and theft by taking a firearm and sentenced to life without parole in 2012. He was also ordered to serve five years for possession of a gun and 10 years for theft to be served consecutively with his life sentence.
In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, which led to the county prosecutor's office filing a motion to readjust Schmidt's sentence. On December 8th, the judge granted the motion and resentenced him to 13 years in prison.
The decision sparked intense debate. Many people believed that Schmidt was too young to be given a life sentence and that the justice system had been too harsh in this case. On the other hand, some argued that 13 years was too lenient and that a life sentence had been appropriate.