Have you ever heard the phrase, Throw the book at him? This means that the judge will impose a severe sentence on an individual for committing a crime. There is no other penalty more severe than a life sentence, except for the death penalty or until pardoned, paroled or otherwise commuted to a fixed term.
There was a delay in Joseph Ligon’s parole eligibility because of his conviction. At the age of 15, Joseph Ligon was condemned to life in prison without the possibility of release for the murder of a 12-year-old girl.
Joseph was sentenced to 67 years and 54 days in prison for a crime he claimed he never committed. In Philadelphia, Joe and four friends attempted to rob a bank and were arrested.
At the time of his arrest, Joseph, then 15, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that he used a weapon to kill one of the victims, but after his conviction, he changed his story and claimed not to have been involved. As far as Joseph was concerned, he was right.
When Joseph was ultimately released from prison in 2021 at the age of 85, he stated that he would like to remain there.