Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen

The story of David Milgaard

From the Series Lorimer Real Justice

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

David Milgaard was a troubled kid, and he got into lots of trouble. Unfortunately, that made it easy for the Saskatoon police to brand him as a murderer. At seventeen, David Milgaard was arrested, jailed, and convicted for the rape and murder of a young nursing assistant, Gail Miller. He was sent to adult prison for life.

Throughout his twenty-three years in prison, David maintained that he was innocent and refused to admit to the crime, even though it meant he was never granted parole. Finally, through the incredible determination of his mother and new lawyers who believed in him, David was released and proven not guilty. Astonishingly, in hindsight the real murderer was obvious from the start.

This is the true story of how bad decisions, tunnel vision, poor representation, and outright lying and coercion by those within the justice system caused a tragic miscarriage of justice. It also shows that wrongs can be righted and amends made.

Format Your Price
978-1-55277-433-5
$12.95
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre High/Low, Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category Social Studies
Copyright 2012
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2016-09-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN051000, YAN006120, YAN031000
Dewey 340
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 840
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Author: Cynthia J. Faryon

Cynthia J. Faryon is the author of eleven books, including Real Justice: Sentenced to Life at Seventeen - The story of David Milgaard. She lives in Richer, Manitoba.

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Lorimer Real Justice

True stories of wrongfully convicted youths who eventually clear their names. These high/low biographies feature compelling storylines, a readable page layout, photos, a glossary and a timeline to appeal to reluctant readers. They are perfect for sparking meaningful discussions on… View available downloads →