“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that juveniles who commit crimes in which no one is killed may not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court reasoned that the Eight Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment forbids such sentences.
The case involved Terrance Graham, who, in 2003, at age 16, helped rob a Jacksonville restaurant, during which an accomplice beat the manager with a steel bar. Mr. Graham was sentenced to 1 year in jail and 3 years of probation for that crime. The next year, at age 17, Mr. Graham and two 20-year-old accomplices committed a home invasion robbery. In 2005, a Florida judge sentenced Mr. Graham to life in prison for violating his probation.
This is a sound and compassionate decision which recognizes that juvenile offenders can often be rehabilitated. When facing juvenile charges, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced Ohio defense attorney. With over 15 years of experience, the Law Offices of Gregory S. Robey is here to represent you. Contact us online today or by calling 877.219.2514.