Back in March 2008, as reported by abcnews.com, young British model Katie Piper was attacked in a London street when a man threw acid on her face. The acid instantly began melting her face, and by the time she reached a hospital, she was burned beyond recognition. She was 26 years old.
Eighteen months after the horrific attack that forever changed her life, Katie decided to throw a party for everyone who had been there during her difficult but victorious journey. She had overcome the fear, pain, anger, and depression that made her recovery nearly unbearable.
Through her terrible ordeal Katie found faith, and decided she wanted to help other burn victims. She told her story in a television documentary, â€œMy Beautiful Faceâ€ and now wants to set up a burn rehab clinic in London.
"I've got some terrible memories that will live with me forever," Piper said. "But slowly I'm replacing them with some fantastic memories that nobody can take away."
Katie Piper is rebuilding her life as best she can, but whatever happened to her attacker? Apparently he was some henchman hired by the man she had been seeing for two weeks. And now both men have been sent to prison. The attacker, Stefan Sylvestre, received a life sentence, and the ex-boyfriend, David Lynch, received two life sentences. So thatâ€™s good, right?
Youâ€™d think so. But the men will serve â€œat leastâ€ 12-16 years in prison. So my question is, what happens after those years have been served? Do they get a chance for parole? That doesnâ€™t make any sense to me. Granted, I donâ€™t particularly understand the justice system anyway, but how does someone only have to serve a minimum of 16 years if he received a life sentence?
Unfortunately Katie Piper must live with the proof of the attack forever, and the attackers may not even have to serve their entire sentences. This makes me incredibly angry and frustrated. What are your opinions on the situation?