Josue Dupree was sentenced last Thursday (March 13) to 33 years in prison for murdering Ana Elisa Mejia Avila. Dupree may be sent to Patuxent Institution, a state mental facility, for an evaluation. Does this mean Dupree may be going to this psychiatric facility, instead of a regular prison? I hope so.
Although I haven’t read this, it sounds as though Dupree suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. It is my opinion that this young man was allowed to plead to second degree murder, when it was clearly first degree, because he had some type of mental problems. If this is the case, why do we in fact punish him at all. why don’t we give him treatment, then let him go, a la John Hinckley.
Dupree murdered Avila on November 2, 2006 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Both Dupree and Avila were from Germantown. They both worked at the JC Penney store at Lakeforest Mall.