Ok seriously, there is a bit here to look at, some may need a pencil and paper.
First: Exactly how long is a life sentence? I believe it is for the rest of your life. So then by that logic two life sentences would be longer than any one should live right? Three would just seem out of control. So TEN?!?! WTF? Why didn’t they just make it for eleventy-billion years? And don’t say that it matters for his possibility for his parole, because:
Two: Possibility of Parole in 40 years? How the HELL can you get sentenced to TEN life sentences but be able to get out in a possible forty years? Where is the logic in that? Perhaps they should have set his possible parole as something more like “possible parole in three lifetimes.” That would have at least been more inline with their sentence length.
Three: Lets assume for a minute that the sentence, in respect to parole, had been something more logical, why the hell would you not just kill him and get it over with? I understand that Kansas didn’t have the death penalty when the crimes were committed, but they have obviously decided that was a bad idea. Do we think that if they had he wouldn’t have committed the crime? Do you think criminals would not do the crime if they were worried that the state would later enact the death penalty and they would get smoked? I doubt it.
What is the bonus for keeping this guy alive? The downsides are numerous: Cost, overcrowding, possible escape, possible release and relapse, more deaths in jail and continuing torture on his victims family. You know that if he does make it to his parole hearing that the victims families will show up to, rightfully, try and keep him in jail. Thus they have to drag up these memories and play them over in there head again. There is no closure for them.
I am sure that the ACLU will have some issue with that, but honestly he confessed, he described in graphic detail the torture and murders, he was convicted, (if he was on death row) he would have his appeals, I would say that is by far enough proof that he is guilty. If it is a matter of his personal rights, what right is being violated that isn’t already being violated in jail? People like this are the reason for the death penalty.