The Public Reacts

Murder Trial
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In a moderate to conservative area such as the Mid-Ohio Valley, you would expect comments to be something like those of Marietta resident T.J. Morse.

"They shouldn't be allowed out," Morse says. "Because they're not going to change."

But everyone else we spoke to said Chris Sturm's confinement should not extend beyond his 21st birthday.

"He did an adult thing, but he's just a child, he's only 12," says Dee Wilson.

"I think at the age of 12 he still hasn't learned the long-term consequences of what he's done," said Eileen Wiseman. "He needs to get some help to solve his problems."

Among those we spoke to were two 19-year-olds who told us they have been through the juvenile justice system in relation to lesser crimes. They recently have been released, and believe the system could rehabilitate Sturm as well.

"If he's 12, to the age of 21, that's a long time, that's almost 10 years," says Billy Davis, who was confined for manufacturing explosives.

"I'm ready to go to college; I graduated and have a job now," says Jacob Mason, who was confined for stealing an ATV. "We're both doing things we never thought we would do. It changed us a lot."

Most of the people we interviewed Monday thought the jury's verdict of a lesser charge of murder was fair. Sturm's attorney has indicated there will be an appeal of the jury's verdict.