Born in 1959, the son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Adorno had his first close encounter with police at age four, after setting his sister on fire. He ran up an impressive record of sixteen arrests, all for theft, before he was charged -- at age 15 -- with triple homicide. George confessed the slayings to a New York district attorney, in the presence of his sister. Adorno's mother spoke no English and had not been summoned for that reason, but her absence led a juvenile magistrate to throw out the confession, dismissing three counts of homicide. Convicted on a lesser charge of robbery, Adorno was sentenced to three years confinement, with his juvenile record sealed by court order, in compliance with state law. Released after serving half his sentence, Adorno was free nineteen days before he killed again. The latest victim was Steven Robinson, a black law student working as a cab driver to pay his tuition. Adorno's guilty plea, entered on July 12, 1977, earned him a sentence of fifteen years to life. (Two accomplices -- Mark Davis, 17, and Calvin Gaddy, 15 -- also pled guilty in Robinson's death, receiving identical sentences.) Under New York law, he became eligible for parole after serving half the lesser period. Justice Burton Roberts, in sentencing Adorno, delivered a scathing attack on the American system of juvenile justice. "Nothing ever happened to Adorno," Roberts said. "He plays the courts like a concert player plays the piano. Is there ever a time when a red light goes on and you say, 'We have to control this person.'