The same sentence as many get for murder!
I'm a little familiar with Rheumatoid arthritis and it is a hell of a disease!
Of course it was his choice, but it may have been that the drugs triggered him. Perhaps if he didn't do drugs, he may never have thought to do anything illegal and acquire a criminal record.
He has known for his entire life robbing and killing are flat out wrong. The drugs didn't talk him out of knowing it's wrong. Who talked the drugs out knowing killing and robbing is wrong instead of driving him to make choice of rehab? The alcohol?
Sometimes a person just reaches the point where he/she just don't give a sh*t!
I know someone who did 2 years for 2nd. She stabbed a gay hooker in a fight over a corner. Her prison was sharing a house out on the open range. They aren't even locked up. There is nowhere to hide and the loving environment will kill you summer or dead of winter.
Some 2nds get a full pull of 20 too.
He had options, RA isn't an excuse.