TEENAGE murderers could get shorter jail terms under controversial reforms.
Victims’ families are angry at plans which would see some killers aged 15-17 getting ten years.
It comes after Thomas Griffiths, then 17, got a minimum 12½ years for killing his ex-girlfriend Ellie Gould.
Her parents campaigned for tougher sentencing and ministers announced an overhaul last month, touted as Ellie’s Law.
However they propose a cut in the minimum sentence to ten years for teenagers who murder in the home.
It would have applied to Griffiths, who killed Ellie, 17, with a knife from her parents’ home in Calne, Wiltshire.
A source close to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland last night told civil servants to alter the guidelines after being alerted by The Sun on Sunday.
They said: “Robert has left officials in no doubt this is simply unacceptable.”
Carole and Matt Gould said: “We can’t believe they were proposing that someone like Griffiths would have their sentence reduced.
"Why should a life taken in the home by someone you know be valued less than a life taken by a stranger in the streets?”
The Ministry of Justice said Ellie’s murder was a “horrific crime” and it will continue to “explore options” with her family.
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