Commonwealth v. Bradley

The Superior Court affirmed the aggregate sentence — 17 to 34 years of incarceration for non-violent offenses — but remanded for the trial court to impose a RRRI minimum term. The Court held that, when a defendant is being sentenced for a non-violent crime, their single prior conviction for a non-enumerated crime of violence does … Read more

Commonwealth v. King

The Supreme Court vacated King’s sentence, holding that he entered into one agreement with his co-conspirator to murder the victim and, because he failed in his attempt to do so, King could not be sentenced to serve separate terms for the inchoate crimes of conspiracy and attempt.

State v. Courtney

The Supreme Court held that, where the defendant avoids a mandatory extended term sentence under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-12, the sentencing court cannot undercut the agreed-upon sentence. Here, the defendant claimed that, since the prosecutor had not filed a motion seeking an extended term sentence, Section 12 was not implicated and the trial judge could still honor … Read more

Commonwealth v. DeJesus

DeJesus was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole (“LWOP”) when he was 17 years old. In 2018, after an extensive re-sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced him to LWOP. The Superior Court affirmed the sentence, finding the trial court “meticulously considered” the factors established by Miller v. Alabama.

Commonwealth v. Lites

Lites appealed his sentence, arguing the trial court’s mandatory minimum sentence, which the court imposed as a “second strike,” was illegal. The Superior Court compare the PA burglary statute of 1994—Lites’s alleged first strike—with the current PA burglary statute—Lites’s second strike. The Court determined that the current burglary statute includes an element the former statute … Read more