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Because of a since-closed loophole in Arkansas' juvenile justice system, the state had no way to hold Johnson and Golden beyond their 18th birthdays. Federal prosecutors used weapons laws to keep the boys locked up until age 21. Golden is scheduled to be freed in 2007.
Dale Haas, the sheriff at the time of the shootings, questions whether justice has been served as Johnson walks free.
"How could anyone think they would be rehabilitated?" Haas asked.