To Dawn Romig, Brian Bahr is the monster who kidnapped, beat, raped and strangled her 12-year-old daughter Danni.
But to juvenile-justice advocates, he was a child sentenced to “death by incarceration” by state laws that unfairly hold juveniles as accountable as adults for murder. Bahr was 17 in 2003 when he attacked Danni, who lived in his Allentown neighborhood.
Should kid killers like Bahr be locked up for life for their crimes or given a second chance if they show proof of redemption?
That was the question state lawmakers sought to answer this morning when the House Judiciary Committee hosted a public hearing at City Hall on whether to change state law to abolish life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.