Jonathan Miller was 15-years-old when he hit 13-year-old Josh Belluardo on the back of the head and that action ended up changing Georgia law. Belluardo died from the blow and Miller was sentenced to life in prison.
Miller’s case got national attention because the incident occurred just weeks after the Columbine shootings in 1999.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution profiles his case with some remarkable statements from Miller who says he didn’t mean to kill anybody and he shouldn’t have been tried as an adult. He’s now 27-years-old and up for parole in two years.
Shortly before Miller’s trial, the state passed stricter laws on teens committing violent crimes, saying teenagers charged with murder should be tried as adults.