And the travesty of justice? Well, he gets out of jail in 2018, a mere six years from the commission of the crime. But of course, this is based on a BBC story, and Brits love to run down America (particularly The Guardian) to distract themselves from their poor life choices with regard to Brexit. We are supposed to feel sorry for this "kid" who attempted to murder someone, because... what again?
Reject these sort of articles and arguments. Sadly, it seems that we in America (perhaps the world) tend to romanticize crime and criminals. Most television shows are about crime, and while in the past, the Police usually always "got their man", today it seems that more and more we are identifying with the criminals as happy-go-lucky folks who just like to steal your life savings and break your kneecaps.
It is like our romanticization and fascination with pirates, who back in the day, would murder the entire male population of a coastal village, burn it to the ground, and then rape and murder all the women. Some fun, eh? Today it is a ride at Disneyland. Maybe in 100 years, they'll have a similar themed Nazi ride? I highly doubt it - but really if you think about it, it is the same idea.
And I guess that is the point - our society, human society, often sides with the criminals. So you have to look out for your own interests and stop "feeling sorry" for people or being gullible and taken in. As it turns out, the folks who seem "vulnerable" are often quite good at taking care of themselves, and often do odious things to get by, as they are easier and more pleasurable things to do.
We feel sorry for the "shoeless" homeless man, until we realize he is just taking off his shoes to gain sympathy, in the same way beggars in Mexico and India rent children and smear them with dirt to have a "prop" to beg with. And if you point this out to people, they get on their high horse, and claim to be morally superior to you, because they care. Moreover, they want you to think that the guy stealing your shit is the real victim here, and you, who work hard and pay your debts, is some sort of criminal by dint of earning a living.
But eventually, everyone gets fatigued by crime and criminals. Today's "social justice warrior" in college is just one getting-his-bike-stolen away from becoming tomorrow's "law and order" young Republican. Eventually, you realize that the folks taking from society are not romantic (an interesting word, considering it has the same roots as roma) but merely thieves.
And you should have no sympathy for criminals and thieves, of all sorts.