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Sicopata, spanish for psycho, is the nickname Josue Pena, 26, went by in the DC Columbia Heights neighborhood where 9-year-old Oscar Fuentes died last Saturday evening.

Pena, shown here at his arraignment in courtroom C-10 of DC Superior Court yesterday, is accused of firing through a door the shot that killed the young boy.

Relatives of the boy had ducked into the apartment where Oscar lived with his mother and grandmother as Pena persued them in a robbery attempt.  Oscar was tying to look through the peephole when the bullet pierced the locked door.

WaPo story here.

Jefferson Sentenced


Former congressman William Jefferson stood with his attorney, Robert Trout, his clasped hands resting on the lectern, as Judge Ellis sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Jefferson, 62, infamous for the $90,000. in cold cash found in his freezer made no statement.

WaPo story here.

Life-Without-Parole for Juveniles?


In 2005 the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for youthful offenders under the age of 18.  Today the court was asked to establish a similar bar to sentencing non-homicide juvenile offenders to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Pictured is attorney Bryan Stevenson arguing in the second of the two Florida cases, Sullivan v. Florida.

Dahlia Lithwick has story here.