(Original post by BeanofJelly)
Armed robbery is a horrible crime, people underestimate this. It is certainly not victimless.
Some people are so traumatised by it that they can go on to have psychiatric problems, their lives totally messed up. He may not have killed anybody but I don't think we should underestimate the suffering of he may have caused.
That said - because that suffering can be so underestimated, he may not be fully aware of it himself. I don't think you have to be evil to commit armed robbery (although he might be evil, I don't know).
Assuming that he isn't a psychopath, it seems a great shame to transform a young man, with his life ahead of him, into a pathetic institutionalised wreck who will die in prison, no use to anybody. When I believe it is possible he could be reformed and make up for his mistakes.
Also - I think stacking the punishments is totally ridiculous. The reason each concurrent offence is 25 years is presumably to act as a strong deterrent against reoffending after someone's already been convicted once and left the prison system. He hasn't had the opportunity to be deterred from reoffending, as he hasn't previously been convicted.
I also don't understand why he has been found guilty of so many robberies at once. If they had enough evidence to convict him of each robbery, why wasn't he put away at the time he committed them? I can't help but suspect he's been given bad or no legal advice, and so has been duped into confessing to many robberies when actually there was no benefit to him in doing so. Which isn't how a legal system should work - people should be rewarded, not punished for confessing their crimes.
EDIT: When you look into his background, he is actually quite a sad, inadequate person. Sending him to prison for ever is a waste, when with enough support he might be able to lead a helpful life, not dependant upon criminal activites for income. He probably isn't intractably bad, treating him as such is just foolish, and also quite heartless.
EDIT: It seems the real crime he is being punished for, is not being savvy or rich enough to work the American legal system.