U.S. Supreme Court Limits Life Sentences for Juveniles
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.