Behind the Headlines
In a vigil after the incident, the Rourkes made a statement in which they asked that L.G. not be vilified for Jeremy's death. They also stated that they preferred for L.G. to be tried as a juvenile and not as an adult, removing the chance that L.G. would be given a life sentence. "He was a good boy, and he made a bad mistake," says Angela, Jeremy's mother.
Jeremy's parents disagree with the Harrises about the fairness of L.G.'s original sentence. "If [L.G.] were tried as an adult," Brian, Jeremy's father, reasons, "he would have gotten 15 to life. And age-wise he was within, what, a few months of being at that age to be tried as an adult [according to California law]."