Ulysses Roberson convicted of second-degree murder

Ulysses Roberson has finally been convicted of murder in the death of his four-year-old son, Alexander Olive. I say “finally” because the trial didn’t begin until eight years after charges were filed, and the trial itself lasted two months. Ulysses could have been tried in 2006, but he fired his public defender and everything ground to a halt again. I hope the delay of the trial won’t become an appeals issue later.

Anyway, he faces 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. Prosecutors had hoped for a conviction for first-degree murder (25 to life), but I don’t think it makes any practical difference. Ulysses is a monster with a criminal record for violent and sexual offenses. I don’t think any parole board is going to let him go. And judging from his photo, he’s getting up in years. He will most likely die in prison.