Mugshot of Paula Cooper, who was sentenced to death at the age of 16 after being convicted of murder as part of a 1985 robbery in Gary, Indiana. (Lake County Police Dept via The Indianapolis Star/AP)


Woman on Death Row Released

Paula Cooper at 16 was the youngest person on death row in 1986.

On Monday, after 27 years of prison, Paula Cooper was released from Indiana’s Rockville Correctional Facility. Previously, Cooper, at 16, was the youngest person on death row in the United States when she was sentenced in 1986. She was convicted of stabbing a 78-year-old female Bible teacher in the stomach and chest 33 times after smoking marijuana and drinking wine. After her sentence, more than 2 million people signed a petition asking for an appeal to the sentence. But the most interesting advocate for her release was Bill Pelke, the grandson of the woman Cooper killed. He said that he had forgiven her and that it “brought a tremendous healing.”

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