McCullough, who was 17 at the time of the murder, still maintains his innocence, and his lawyer says they will appeal the conviction on the grounds that many key witnesses have long since died, and those who did testify did so over five decades after the event. He feels that the jury decision was an emotional one not based on evidence or the rule of law.
McCullough's age raised another question; what does a life sentence really mean for a 73 year old who will not be eligible for parole until he is 93. What is the purpose of prison?... is it to punish the criminal, or is it to protect society against future crimes? Is the 73 yearold McCullough a danger to society? Perhaps that is irrelevant - if he is convicted of the crime, should he pay the price?