The case involved Barry Massey, convicted of killing a Tacoma marina owner during a robbery. He was 13 at the time, and accompanied by a 15-year old with a criminal record who allegedly orchestrated the killing. Massey sufferers from a learning disability, had a thirdgrade reading level, and a borderline IQ of 77, and had never been in trouble with the law before his arrest on murder charges.
Massey's attorney wrote that: "One cannot know with any degree of reasonable probability that your of such tender age cannot be rehabilitated."
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