Tag: #JuvenileLifer

Commonwealth v. Miller

After the Miller and Montgomery decisions, the trial court resentenced the defendant, a juvenile lifer, to imprisonment of 55 years to life. The defendant appealed, challenging the legality of the

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Commonwealth v. Harper

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the trial court did not impose a de facto life sentence. The defendant was convicted of committing a murder when he was seventeen years

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Commonwealth v. Shroat

The Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the defendant’s sentence after the trial court resentenced him to life without parole (LWOP) for a murder committed when he was 17 years old. The

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Commonwealth v. Felder

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court framed the issue: “Whether a discretionary term-of-years sentence may be so long as to amount to a de facto life sentence, thereby triggering the substantive and

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Commonwealth v. Moye

The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed a former juvenile lifer’s sentence in the defendant’s third direct appeal. The Court remanded the case after the defendant’s first two appeals, finding the trial

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Commonwealth v. DeJesus

An en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that the defendant waived his challenge to the sentencing court’s consideration of mitigating factors because he did not invoke the

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In re Rosado

AEDPA slays another habeas petition. In 1995, Rosado was almost eighteen and a half years old when he shot and killed someone. Seven months later, he pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania

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Commonwealth v. McGrath

The defendant appealed after he was re-sentenced for a murder he committed as a juvenile. He argued the trial court’s sentence of 48 years to life was illegal as a

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Commonwealth v. Aulisio

The Pennsylvania Superior Court dealt with a juvenile-lifer resentencing under Montgomery/Miller. Here, the juvenile-lifer received two consecutive sentences of 30 years to life. He argued the sentence was illegal because

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Commonwealth v. Sanchez-Frometa

In Commonwealth v., Sanchez-Frometa, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that the Pennsylvania Crimes Code does not authorize a court to impose a sentence of life without the possibility of parole

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