One of the two brothers responsible for the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was sentenced late last week. After entering a plea of guilt to aggravated manslaughter, Justin Robinson, now 17, will spend the next 17 years of his life in prison for his crime.
Last October, Autumn went missing, after telling her parents she was going to a friends' house. Somehow, she ended up at the Robinson home, under the guise of trading BMX bicycle parts. Two after her disappearance, her body was found in a recycling bin, at the abandoned home next door to the Robinsons.
Robinson's brother, Donte, now 18, is still facing charges in Autumn's death, though his younger brother took full responsibility for luring the girl to the home, strangling her, and disposing of her body. What will become of him? Was he really not involved.
Time will tell how the courts proceed with Donte Robinson's case. If he really wasn't involved, he should be freed. But did he really hear and see nothing while his brother killed the pre-teen?
If nothing else, it's to be hoped that Autumn Pasquale's parents can find peace. They have been robbed of moments every parent comes to expect. Anthony Pasquale, Autumn's father, told the judge in the case that he doesn't think Justin Robinson deserves to live. Her mother, Jennifer Cornwell, said, "No punishment exists for the defendant that can mend my broken heart." Hopefully the passage of time will help both of these families.