Teen killer and rapist Philip Chism was leniently sentenced this week for the brutal sex assault and slaughter of his teacher, Colleen Ritzer, in 2013.
Chism, now 17 and still confined to a juvenile detention center until his 18th birthday, also attacked a female corrections officer while incarcerated in that facility, for which he must soon separately stand trial.
Like the shocking crimes he perpetrated against Colleen Ritzer three years ago, his second near-fatal assault of the prison guard was also premeditated, and involved stalking and striking her repeatedly as well as the use of a sharp instrument.
That's why the prosecution was seeking a minimum of 50-years to life -- ideally without parole -- for the incurably deadly teen; and why the Ritzer family desperately urged the court to put "this animal" away.
“He is evil, pure evil, and he must be punished,” the slain schoolteacher's father told the judge in his victim statement Friday.
"Philip Chism poses an enormous danger to the public in general, and to women in particular," the state's prosecutor echoed, adding that life behind bars for such a hopeless deviant was a "fundamental mandate of ensuring public safety."
But, despite the adult nature of his appalling offenses and his towering frame, Chism is *just a kid* in the eyes of the law now, so he'll be free to commit these heinous acts again when released from prison in his early fifties.
And he will. He will.