Gina Stallis’ mother speaks out after convicted murderer seeks lesser sentence


by Lauren Trager / News 4

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 10:15 PM

(KMOV) -- The mother of a murder victim is angry over a recent Supreme Court decision that could allow her daughter’s killer out of prison.

In fact, some say dozens of convicted killers could head back to the courthouse for a new sentence in Missouri because they were under the age of 18 when they were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

“He was evil, evil, pure evil is what I saw in that man,” said Rose Whitrock, the mother of murder victim Gina Stallis.

Back in 2009, then 16-year-old Ledale Nathan and another man stormed into a home in the LaSalle Park neighborhood and terrorized an entire family.

 They were found guilty of shooting three people at close range, seriously injuring an off-duty police officer and firefighter, and killing nurse, mother Stallis.

Nathan was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

“I think he got what he deserved, I think justice was served,” Whitrock said.

But Stallis’ mother is upset that justice could get taken away. Last year, the US Supreme Court said life in prison for a minor was unconstitutional.

Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court decided Nathan and at least one other minor will have to get sentenced again.

“This is really just a question of the appropriate punishment considering the cases we have the defendants,” said Beth Orwick with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

There is hope: Missouri’s high judges clarified the US Supreme Court saying prosecutors need to prove life in prison is an appropriate punishment based on certain factors.

“So there is a very real possibility they could spend the rest of their lives in prison? That’s a possibility under the structure the Supreme Court set out today,” said Orwick.

Now, though, Whitrock and others will have to fight for this killer to spend his life behind bars, all while she spends the rest of her life without her daughter.

“She was a really good person and she did not deserve to die,” Whitrock said.

Some say every Missourian needs to be disappointed in their lawmakers for not fixing this problem when they had the chance.

Lawmakers proposed several bills at the capitol this year about this very issue, but none of them were made law.           

One Missouri Supreme Court justice wrote that if lawmakers continue to fail to act---other killers could be allowed to walk free.