What Happened to a Second Chance for Bobby Bostic?

AuthorBobby Bostic
Published date01 May 2022
Date01 May 2022
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1177/10439862221096723
https://doi.org/10.1177/10439862221096723
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(2) 211 –212
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Essay
What Happened to a Second
Chance for Bobby Bostic?
By Bobby Bostic
We all know that kids are not perfect. In fact, they are constantly making mistakes late
into their adolescent years as they try to find their identity. There are some kids who
succumb to crime that is ever present in their crime prone neighborhoods. Bobby
Bostic is one such kid. At 16 years old he committed a terrible crime. On December
12, 1995, there were five people who were on a charity mission to poverty-stricken
children in the poor neighborhood where he lived. Bobby and an older friend did not
know why these unknown people were in the vicinity of this neighborhood.
Nevertheless, he and his friend decided to rob these people.
During the course of this robbery two males were shot but not seriously injured.
Neither victim required medical attention. They walked away from the crime scene
and went to work the next day. Bobby and his friend only robbed the two males in the
crowd. They attempted to rob the three females but did not get anything from them.
Under Missouri law, Bobby Bostic was charged with fourteen felony counts (two first
degree robbery, two first degree assaults, three attempted robbery, seven counts of
armed criminal action). Approximately 45 minutes later and eight city blocks away,
Bobby and his friend robbed another victim who was outside her car gathering gifts
she was giving to a needy family. Not knowing what she was doing, Bobby and his
friend robbed her at gunpoint. They put her back into her vehicle and drove her around
demanding money. Thereafter, they released her and took her vehicle. They were
arrested while driving her vehicle. Bobby was charged with three more felonies from
this incident (first degree robbery, kidnapping and armed criminal action). He also had
marijuana on him, another felony.
In January 1997, Bobby was ready to stand trial. Already the state had offered him
a plea bargain of life with the possibility of parole. Right before his trial he was offered
an open plea bargain which means the defendant just pleads guilty at the mercy of the
court with no promises, leaving his fate in the hands of the judge to sentence him to
the maximum or the minimum. The absolute minimum in this case would have been
10 years with all sentences running concurrently. The maximum would have been 13
life sentences plus 30 years.
Not really understanding the serious trouble Bobby was in, Bobby chose to go to a
jury trial where he was found guilty on all charges. The jury recommended 30 years
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