Federal and local prosecutors are considering a plea deal that would mean life in prison for a man accused of kidnapping two boys and sexually abusing one of them, a prosecutor said Tuesday.If this plea deal ensures that this man will never be released under any circumstances and it requires him to admit his full guilt, I think a plea deal should be offered.
Franklin County prosecutor Robert Parks said he may join with prosecutors from the federal government and Washington and St. Louis counties in offering a plea deal to Michael Devlin, 41.
It would include "several, several consecutive life sentences," Parks said. He wasn't certain when the deal would be offered.
However, if the deal allows Devlin to plead no contest, I would oppose it since that would allow him to maintain a facade of an innocent man unfairly trapped by the criminal justice system. The victims deserve to have a full acknowledgement of guilt or a jury verdict.
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