Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole is a docuseries by A&E that follows a number of teen killers who are trying to escape their life sentences for some horrific crimes. In this article we are going to take a closer look at the six teenagers that they chose to follow and what happened, if possible, to their appeals.
Lacy Aaron Schmidt was fourteen years old when he would murder an exgirlfriend. According to court documents Aaron Schmidt would walk up behind Alana Calahan and fatally shoot the fourteen year old in the head. Lacy Aaron Schmidt would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Schmidt would receive an appeal on his life sentence due to his age at the time of the murder however his sentence would not change
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Curtis Brooks was fifteen years old when he and three other teenagers attempted to carjack a vehicle in Colorado in 1995 that would end with the murder of the driver Christopher Ramos. Curtis Brooks was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murder. In December 2018 Curtis Brooks was granted clemency by the Governor and was released from prison after serving twenty two years
Timothy Chavers was seventeen years old when he participated in a robbery turned murder in Florida in 2010. According to court documents Timothy Chavers and the two accomplices lured the victim, Christopher Pitcock, to a remote location where the plan was to rob him of his drugs however that quickly changed when Timothy Chavers fatally shot the victim. Chavers would get a resentencing hearing however it would not go his way and he would be resentenced to life in prison.
Bobby Gonzales was fifteen years old when he would shoot his girlfriends parents killing the mother. According to court documents Bobby Gonzales girlfriend Krissi Caldwell told him that she had been sexually abused by her father and her mother refused to do anything, which would later be proven to be a lie. Both Bobby Gonzales and the girlfriend Krissi Caldwell would be sentenced to life in prison. Robert Anthony GONZALES is still waiting for his appeal
Brandon Moore was part of a group that would kidnap and sexually assault a woman in Youngstown Ohio. At trial Brandon Moore would be convicted on all charges and sentenced to 141 years in prison for his role in the brutal crime. On appeal Brandon Moore would have his sentence reduced to fifty years in prison
James Wiley was fifteen years old when he would murder his stepmother and three younger brothers in 1990 in Thermopolis Wyoming. James Wiley would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In 2018 James Wiley would have his appeal dismissed and his original sentence upheld
Otis Daniels was sixteen years old when he entered a home and fatally shot a woman and her daughter. Otis Daniels who maintained he was high on crack cocaine and was not in his right mind would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. When his appeal would hit the court his initial sentence would be upheld.
Ronald Bell was seventeen years old when he and two teen females would kidnap and murder a man in Florida in 1996. According to court documents Ronald Bell, Kristel Maestas and Renee Lincks would beat Cordell Richards at his apartment with a baseball ball before placing him in the trunk of a car and drive to a remote location where the man was tortured after being tied to a tree. Cordell Richards would be doused in gasoline and set on fire. The trio would leave the area but would return the next day when they found Richards still alive. The trio would drive to a store and return with a machete that they used to cut his throat. Ronald Bell was initially sentenced to death but was later resentenced to life without parole due to his age at the time of the murder. Kristel Maestas was sentenced to life in prison without parole and Renee Lincks received a fifteen year sentence and has since been released