An unforunate case from Minnesota. A young man wanted to buy a cellphone from Craigslist, it turns out the seller had other intentions.
Relatives of the victim, friends of his murderer, court staff, the prosecutor, the defense attorney — all fought back tears Wednesday for the boy who was too good to die.
Aung Thu Bo, 19, was a Hamline University computer science student shot to death Aug. 10, 2012, after he responded to the killer’s Craigslist ad for a cellphone.
Steven Emmanuel Lewis had no phone to sell — or didn’t have it with him. After he lured Bo from their meeting spot, Lewis tried to rob Bo and his girlfriend. He then shot Bo in the head.
Lewis, 27, of Maplewood was sentenced Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court to more than 24 years in prison. With good behavior, he will serve two-thirds of that term.
I’m really surprised that 24 years was the maximum the judge could give for second degree murder to a guy who had 7 prior felony convictions. At least life in prison with a possibility of parole would seem more appropriate.