Falcon Case

By: Adam Roland
By: Adam Roland

Falcon is one of 2,225 offenders serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed before they turned 18. Now two human rights groups are arguing that Falcon and others like her deserve a chance at parole.

On a cold November night in 1997, Rebecca Falcon jumped in a cab with a friend and told the driver, Richard Phillips, to take them down a dark street in Callaway.

Falcon pulled out a gun and shot Phillips in the head, killing him. She was 15 at the time. A judge sentenced Falcon to life with no possibility of parole, something human rights organizations argue is unfair.

"Youth offenders who commit serious crimes should be punished, but they should be offered a second chance because they're children and because that makes them different from adults."

Seven years have passed and prison life has taken its toll on Falcon, but some believe seven years may not be enough for taking a life.

"Rebecca Falcon is a killer, 15 years old or not.

Lt. Steve Harbuck was the lead investigators on the Falcon case. He says he can still remember talking to Richard Phillips as he laid there dying on that cold November night.

He says he still remembers how Falcon showed no remorse for her crime, saying she just wanted to see what it would feel like to murder someone.

"The concept that some liberal groups would want you to believe she's too young to know better is stupid. To say, you know, maybe this person has changed, let's give them another chance, I think you're rolling the dice and hopefully it won't be your family that gets hurt the second time."

Unfortunately, this debate will continue as long as there are 15-year-olds committing murder, and it appears that violent trend won't end anytime soon.

These human rights groups say the chance for parole will provide these offenders with hope and give them something to hang their hopes on. As of today, Rebecca Falcon is not eligible for parole.


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