#Pardon Me: VA Teen Gets Six Life Terms & 118 Years for Stealing 60 Bucks and Three Joints (Video)


*When is it a good time to show the judicial system that a sentence they have handed down to someone that has broken the law is absolutely ridiculous and downright wrong? The answer to that question may be: right now. Pronto!

When Travion Blount of Virginia agreed to crash and rob a house party with his two older buddies, he probably knew it was a stupid idea. Add to that, they only got what amounted to twenty dollars and a joint each from the deal. But that one stupid act cost him so much more. In 2008, after only a few hours of deliberation, a jury found Blout guilty on 49 out of 51 felony counts and two months later, a Virginia judge sentenced the teen to six life terms plus 118 years for committing an armed robbery in 2006 – when he was 15.

His attorney, John Coggeshall, argues that Blount deserves a second chance.

“He did something really stupid,” Coggeshall told Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV Thursday. “He listened to two older boys, essentially adults, and they robbed a house party, they got $60 and three joints. Nobody was physically hurt.”

On the day that the sentence was handed down, according to Pilot Online, Angela Blount watched her son turn and ask, “What happened, Mom?”

Coggeshall explained that the two other boys, who were 18, agreed to plea bargains, but Blount wanted to go to trial.

“The jury found him guilty, and the judge sentenced him to what most of us consider is the harshest sentence any juvenile has ever gotten for a non-homicide crime,” Coggeshall said.

“Yes, the kid was on the wrong side of the tracks, but nobody deserves that, nobody,” he added.

One Virginia attorney said that although Blount’s sentence was harsh, it was “perfectly legal.”

Travion blout

However, “in 2010, the United States Supreme Court came out with a case called Graham vs. Florida, groundbreaking,” Coggeshall explained. “It said that non-homicide juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without a meaningful chance of release.”

However, he said that in Virginia, there’s a law that says convicts have a chance to be released when they turn 60.

“Since Virginia has that meaningful chance of release, Mr. Blount stays where he is,” he explained.

Blouts sentence was “commuted…to 40 years,” before former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell left office in early 2014. But that commutation was overturned by a judge in early August.

“The problem is that the Virginia Constitution says a governor cannot commute a sentence if it’s a non-capital sentence,” Coggeshall said. “Meaning the only sentences a governor can commute in Virginia is somebody who kills somebody.”

Travion Blout with his father, Patrick Mills
Travion Blout with his father, Patrick Mills

The Virginia attorney says that now he is back in federal court and plans to ask for a conditional pardon from current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

No one is saying that Travion Blount should not have been punished for committing a crime, but the punishment should fit the crime. Now is the time for people to show their united power. Using the hashtag #pardontravionblount let’s tell the current Virginia Governor to overturn this sentence and pardon this young man now.

Watch the video below to see Travion’s mother, Angela Blout speak on the probability of why her son chose to hang with the wrong crows; listen to Travion himself, speak via phone from prison, and hear  attorney John Coggeshall speak on his clients’ behalf.

VA Teen Gets Six Life Terms & 118 Years for Stealing 60 Bucks

100 thoughts on “#Pardon Me: VA Teen Gets Six Life Terms & 118 Years for Stealing 60 Bucks and Three Joints (Video)”

  1. Pardon Travion Blount. He deserve a second chance. The crime don’t fit the punishment. That is just outrageous and harsh punishment.

  2. Smh If that judge can look in the mirror and say his ruling was fair then he’s probably not from this planet.even the KKK probably thinks this judge went too far.

  3. Something need to be done about Virginia and their unfair prejudice ways. Someone need to regulate the judicial system because it’s so unfair for minorities. Where’s the NAACP, Al Shapton, Jesse Jackson and all the other so call leaders. Defiantly not here because there’s no cameras! We need someone to help fight the battles of our young black men

  4. This has to be one of the most terrible things a judge could have ever done.I believe the judge sentence the boy like that cause he didnt except a plea bargain.I say set him free and give him a chance at life.im from indiana and a relative of mine armed robbed a village pantry with children present and all his worthless self got was house arrest and probation.and the poor boy got his life taken.this has to be a racist move.or the judge knew the family the boys robbed somethings not right here at all

  5. This breaks my heart smh. This man does not even deserve this. You are punishing him for life for robbing but this does not fit the punishment . Everyone makes mistakes and thats how you learn from them and become a stronger person. He never killed , rape, molest anyone so why life? Everyday theres always someone geting barely any jail time for the horrific crimes they committed and those people deserve life. I beg you to give this man a second chance. Don’t rob him of his life please. This is not right at all. Prayers go out to this young man . This is wrong

  6. The only things I miss from Virginia are family , friends, and seafood. I think the judicial system is screwed up. I think racial profiling has been taken to an outrageous level. I believe in justice for the victim. However , the punishment does not fit the crime. Not by a long shot. Yes, this young man committed a crime, and he should have been sentenced fairly. That did not happen. We’re his peers part of the jury? What about the owner of the house? And the judge? Was he on a power trip when he made the sentence? Is he in someone’s pocket to hand down that sentence ? Also, what about the meaningful recover (?) policy? Mandatory until age 60?

  7. This goes out to Vinny. G. Just so you know, crimes are committed by all races and ethnic groups. To make reference to crimes committed by Afro Americans that there consequences, it is ridiculous. We all know that. The question is : would a perpetrator of each diverse class get the same sentence? There are many hate groups that have committed atrocities toward others, and have yet to be punished Also, there have been persons in high places who hide behind things and”others ” to go their dirt, and are never prosecuted. So, before you put labels on people, look in your own community!

  8. Please pardon this young man….this reminds me of the Rockefeller laws in New York which were done away with. This is outrageous and completely beyond the scope of fairness.

  9. #pradontravionblout
    He didn’t deserve this kind of sentence yes he was wrong and should be punished but shouldn’t get this kind of time abd cost him the rest of his life

  10. It sickens me how people abuse the power they have. When someone has such a big position in government and could do a lot of good with that, they instead choose to abuse it and do whatever they feel like doing with it. I wish that more government officials would choose to use their power to have a strong and positive influence on their community as opposed to making everyone wonder how and why things escalate and turn out the way they do. Not everyone is a proper fit for a position that holds a lot of power because they make decisions such as this one. #pardontavionblount

  11. how does this judge have a job? was he also giving the governor gifts? this is a clear travesty and if the judge can’t be trusted to make a reasonable decision, why the hell are we paying him? remove him. he’s not capable of doing a reasonable job. congratulations for destroying a child’s life.

  12. and where is the judges name? he should be held accountable publicly. he’s paid to fair judge us all, makes this decision and still remains anonymous?? coward.

  13. This is may not even make national news although it should. Not because it’s another story about a black male; not even because it’s unfair. It shouldgain nationalattention and yes even outrage because it’s a perfect example of how power can be, and is being abused by those who are supposed to uphold justice. This was NOT justice. This was essentially an unecessary legalized end to this kids life and it is worse than the crime the kid committed. Murderers in the same state/country have received lesser sentencing for greater crimes! This is the kind of example that teaches ALL of the WRONG lessons!
    #pardontravionblout or

  14. What happened to the Eighth Amendment: declaration against “cruel and unusual punishments”?

  15. #pardontravionblount This is an outrage. There are killers and rapists that received less time than this young man. He has served enough time I’m my opinion. I personally know his young man’s daughter. She has to be raised without a father. Pretty sad… This judge should be real proud of him/herself.

  16. So sad! The mother needs to start a change.org petition to #pardontravion

  17. He did the crime and he should have been punished but this is just ridiculous. I’m glad there are people from VA that are saying how crappy their judicial system is and can see that this is wrong.


  18. What can we do to get the law changed so this will no longer be possible no matter who the judge is????

  19. I wonder how many who think he should be pardoned would feel that way if it was their kid whom Travion and his 2 pals pointed guns at and robbed?

    “It’s okay to rob my kid at gunpoint, especially if you didn’t score much”

    “Son, if you’re going to rob someone and threaten them with a gun, it’s okay as long as you don’t get away with much, then you should just go to trial and be surprised that there’s consequences to holding people at gunpoint…”

  20. I’m sure that the jury consisted of his peers and they were fair and impartial. Anybody remember that little white kid who was acquitted of vehicular homicide?



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