Dimitrios Pagourtzis murdered 10 people when he opened fire at his Santa Fe, Texas high school.
He won’t face the death penalty. He might not even spend his entire life in prison.
From USA Today:
The suspect in Friday’s school shooting may be considered an adult in Texas state courts, but he cannot face the death penalty, according to a 2005 federal Supreme Court ruling.
For 100 years, Texas has considered 17-year-olds to be adults when they commit crimes, according to research from The Marshall Project. And Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged Friday as an adult with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
But the 2005 high court ruling that bans execution of criminals younger than 18 and a 2012 ruling about juveniles facing life in prison mean that Pagourtzis could be up for parole after 40 years.
Fox News has more on the killer:
Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been identified as the suspected shooter who killed at least 10 people with a barrage of bullets at a Texas high school on Friday, according to law enforcement officials.
Pagourtzis, 17, was a student at Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. He played football for the school’s junior varsity team and was a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church, The Associated Press reported.
Pagourtzis is being held in the Galveston County Jail on capital murder charges with no bond, officials said.
If he doesn’t get the death penalty, Pagourtzis can never be allowed to set foot outside of prison.
That wouldn’t be just.