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Does Idaho allow insanity plea? Internet debates 'just' sentence for suspect Bryan Kohberger

The Internet is weighing in on what would be a just punishment for the Idaho murder suspect
Bryan Kohberger was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder of four Universiy of Idaho students(Bryan Kohberger/ Facebook)
Bryan Kohberger was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder of four Universiy of Idaho students(Bryan Kohberger/ Facebook)

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MOSCOW, IDAHO: Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested for the brutal murders of the four University of Idaho students on Friday, December 30. Since then, the discussion about the victims has shifted to the suspect in the gruesome murders in Idaho. People on the Internet are discussing the possible sentence for Kohberger if he is found guilty.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were stabbed to death November 13 in their off-campus apartment in Moscow, Idaho. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and burglary. Interestingly, Kohberger earned a doctorate in criminology from Washington State University. On the Reddit site, a user posted his question on the Idaho insanity plea. A user wrote in response to the post, "I was unaware Idaho doesnt have insanity plea."


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'That might not even bother him'

A user who created the voting for the "just sentence" if Brian Kohberger is found guilty wrote, "I do think a jury of his peers would elect for the death penalty if given the option. So I think what it comes down to is the wishes of the family, first and foremost. My personal opinion is that I truly believe for a young man like him, life in prison, surrounded by a bunch of people that want you dead, is by far worse than the lethal injection. A user commented, "People voting for the Death Penalty are underestimating the pain of being locked in a room with the prospect of a long life stretching out before you." Another user added, "Being locked in a cell for life, with a bunch of felony murderers that hate the kind of murder I did, at the age of 28..... Sounds dreadful. No free access to internet, limited resources, day to day levels of fear/anxiety for my own well being; no way." "And people voting life are underestimating how much that might not even bother him," wrote another. "How many more people get to interview him, write about him, make netflix series about him. Wackos sending him love letters. Not to mention we are all paying for his life now with our own money." 

'Executing someone is far more expensive'

One user stated that executing is more cost worthy. He wrote, "Executing someone is far more expensive than imprisoning them for life. Regardless, you are assuming that everyone that voted life picked that because of what they think he would want. I don’t care about what anyone prefers - I’m personally morally opposed to the death penalty in all cases. That’s why I voted the way I did. I’m sure I’m not the only one."A user added agreeing, "Exactly! And he is the type (it sounds like) that prefers a routine anyway. That wouldn’t even bother him." "The penalty I would want (which is not the death penalty, but probably worse) is not a just penalty. That said, I think a standard death penalty is perfectly practical and just were he to be found guilty, a user remarked. A user wrote, "I’m betting these families will want death penalty." One speculated and wrote, "I have a feeling he’ll plead guilty to avoid the death penalty." "I would prefer a life sentence to the death penalty. However, many death penalty cases end up turning into life sentences, so I don't see there being much difference," remarker another user.

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