Leading Pastor Seeks Just Sentence for Youth Convicted at Age 13
Looks to Prevent Lansing Minor from Dying in Prison
Lansing – As the US Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of sentencing minors to prison terms with no possibility of parole, the leader of one of the state’s oldest African American churches will speak out on just sentencing for juveniles. Melvin Jones, Senior Pastor of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing will address the media on the imminent sentencing of a Charles T. Lewis, Jr. of Lansing, a teen convicted at age 13 of felony murder. Lewis was the only minor among a group of adults, including his father, during the assault. One possible outcome of the Tuesday sentencing would be for the now 15 year-old Lewis to be sentenced to natural life with no chance of parole.
Reverend Dr. Melvin T. Jones, Senior Pastor, Union Missionary Baptist Church, Lansing
News Conference- Seeking a Just, Juvenile Sentence
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:30 A.M.