SpecialAired on Jul 02, 2019
In this special episode, we learn the final rulings for convicted murderers Otis Daniels, Ronald Bell, and Kristel Maestas. Otis’ attorney works to strike a deal to make him eligible for parole. Kristel has a resentencing hearing for her role in the 1999 murder of Cordell, while his family testifies against her. Kristel’s co-defendant, Ronald, learns his fate.
RonaldAired on Jun 25, 2019
On February 2, 1999, 17-year-old Ronald and two other teens sought to retaliate against Cordell for an alleged sexual assault ultimately burning him alive in the woods of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Ronald, with the aid of his 16-year-old girlfriend Kristel, brutally tortured and murdered Cordell, and both were sentenced to life without parole. Ronald is now 36 years old, and has been granted a resentencing hearing.
OtisAired on Jun 18, 2019
On March 31, 1998 in Albany, Georgia, 16-year-old Otis broke into Valerie’s home and allegedly tried to rob her. During the attempt, Valerie and her 16-year-old daughter, Valene, were shot. Valerie died weeks later and although her daughter Valene miraculously survived, she was left disfigured. Otis was sentenced to life without parole. Otis has been granted a re-sentencing hearing, and hopes he can someday be released.
JamesAired on Jun 11, 2019
On November 24, 1990, 15-year-old James killed his stepmother and three young brothers with a shotgun, and then set their rural Wyoming home on fire. It was a crime the small town of Thermopolis would never forget. Twenty-seven years later, James’ legal team is arguing that his original sentence is unconstitutional and that he should be resentenced.
BrandonAired on Jun 04, 2019
BobbyAired on May 21, 2019
On March 7, 1992, 15-year-old Bobby shot girlfriend Krissi’s mother and father as they slept in their home in Frisco, Texas. Roz was killed, but her husband Buz survived. Bobby was sentenced to life despite claims he was manipulated into committing the murder. He now hopes to appeal his sentence.
PrestonAired on May 14, 2019
On March 4, 2010, 17-year-old Preston was one of three teens involved in the murder of Christopher during an attempted robbery in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Along with the other teens, Preston was sentenced to life without parole. Now at the age of 25, he has been granted a resentencing hearing.
CurtisAired on May 07, 2019
On April 10, 1995 in Aurora, Colorado, 15-year-old Curtis was one of four teens involved in the death of Christopher as they attempted to steal his car. Curtis was sentenced to life in prison without parole. After 23 years in jail, Curtis has been granted a resentencing and could soon be released.
AaronAired on Apr 30, 2019
On January 31, 2011, 14-year-old Aaron shot his neighbor, 14-year-old Alana, in her home in Harlem, Georgia. Aaron was sentenced to life without parole at 15, but now 21-year-old Aaron is appealing his sentence.
"Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole" tells the individual stories of eight previously convicted child offenders sentenced to mandatory life terms, without parole, who are now seeking resentencing on the heels of a recent United States Supreme Court ruling. While some may be resentenced to life, others could be immediately released or given a new sentence that makes them eligible for parole.