Bobby Bostic will be released from prison next year, thanks to a newly signed law that allows offenders sentenced to 15 or more years as a minor for nonhomicide crimes to apply for parole after 15 years of imprisonment. Bostic, who was imprisoned at age 16, was serving a 241-year sentence, and wouldn't have been eligible for parole until the end of the century without the change in the law.
Bostic, now aged 42, was represented by Evelyn Baker, the judge who handed down the original sentence, but is now acting as his advocate and attorney. During his time behind bars, Bostic earned his GED, an associate's degree, and an assortment of certificates, in addition to writing several books. His was one of the first parole hearings held under the new law.
The new law was championed by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon) and had the support of numerous organizations, including the Missouri Catholic Conference. Supporters of the law maintain that it shows that young people who commit crimes can be rehabilitated as they become adults. The push to free Bostic has garnered national attention.