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families whose juvenile killers could one day be freed. "They thought their loved one's murderer was safely locked up, and now they're finding out there's a chance they could get out," Butler said. "And that is cruel and unusual to the families of the victims because there's no certainty any more in sentencing. "Litty though, called the ruling a trend in how the Supreme Court is acknowledging the difference in the juvenile mentality verses the adult mentality.
ce but to have a resentencing hearing and determine what he thinks is a proper sentence short of life without parole. "Florida is one of more than two dozen states where lawyers can ask for new sentences under the new ruling, which could impact about 250 juvenile offenders statewide who were sentenced after May 24, 1994. That's when lawmakers changed Florida's sentencing statute for first degree murder from being eligible for release Adidas Superstar Stripes after 25 years, to a mandatory life term with no parole. Public Defender Diamond Litty, who praised the Supreme Court's ruling, noted the justices didn't say a juvenile can't be sentenced to life in prison, but the decision gives judges discretion to consider factors such as age and family circumstances in imposing a sentence. "The court could sentence a juvenile to life but they can't do it without hearing mitigating evidence and from witnesses and to still have discretion," Litty said.
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focus on the crimes committed. "Keep in mind, we aren't talking about 5 year olds," Butler said. "We're dealing with vicious killers who committed first degree murder, so the facts of the crime should weigh first and foremost in the mind of a judge in determining what an appropriate sentence is.