Joliet double-murder case shows unfairness of sentencing laws

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They were dubbed the Hickory Street murderers.

Four youths — the oldest not yet 30 — charged with luring Eric Glover, 22, and Terrence Rankins, 22, to their deaths in order to rob them of money to pay for cigarettes, liquor and gas.

As if the wanton motive wasn’t horrific enough, police alleged the co-conspirators had sex on the murdered bodies.

Bethany McKee, 20 and Joshua Miner, 26, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Alisa Massaro, 20, who took a plea deal in exchange for her testimony against the others, got 10 years in prison, but could be back on the street in five years. Adam Landerman, 21, is still awaiting trial.

I want you to keep this macabre crime and its punishment in mind when you consider the plight of Jesse Webster, a Chicago man who is serving a life sentence in federal prison on a 1994 nonviolent drug bust.

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