Kentucky convict Clifford Stoup, 26, will be eligible for parole in October – just 12 years after he slit the throat of a woman, killing her, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “He should never be released from prison,” said prosecutor Rob Sanders. “He will kill again.” Stoup was only 14 when he killed his neighbor, Jean Wilde on her 67th birthday in 1996. He was stealing cash she had stashed in her home to buy Christmas presents.
Judge Steven Jaeger sentenced Stoup to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years, saying, “You can’t hide behind your age when you commit senseless, violent crimes.” Violent criminals now must serve 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for parole. The minimum life sentence is about 20 years. But when Stoup’s crime was committed, convicts were eligible for parole after serving only 12 years of a life sentence.