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First time teen offender given 162 year prison term for armed robbery and nobody was hurt

January 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
First time teen offender given 162 year prison term for armed robbery and nobody was hurt

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A federal judge handed a 20-year-old man who was found guilty of an armed robbery spree, which his gun was fired, but no one was hit, let alone injured or killed to 162 YEARS in prison without the possibility of parole.

In April, Quartavious Davis was convicted with five other accomplices, for his role in seven armed robberies over a two-month period, involving commercial properties back in August of 2010, when he was 18 and 19 years-old, court records show.

Davis, who is a high school dropout, was described as being bipolar and having learning disability during the trial.

Prosecutors never offered Davis a plea and he was the only defendant to go to trial. His five co-defendants were all offered plea deals and given sentences varying from 9 to 22 years in prison.

“My first offense and they gave me all this time, I might as well be dead,” Davis told Reuters in an interview at the Miami Federal Detention Center, where he is being held.

The attorney representing Davis, Jacqueline Shapiro, has launched an appeal with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, calling the heavy handed sentence “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Coincidentally, the extreme prison sentence comes as the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on harsh sentencing laws last week. In a 5-4 decision, the Justices ruled that a state can’t deliver life imprisonment without parole for murder convictions to juveniles

Shapiro says the Supreme Court ruling and Davis’s sentence do have parallels, telling Reuters it is “cruel and extreme to allow unfettered prosecutorial discretion … to impose a life sentence on a teenage first offender convicted of lesser charges (than murder).”

In May, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Wifredo Ferrer, said the stiff prison terms dealt was an indication of his office’s commitment to combat violent crime.”

“We will not allow our community to be overrun by guns and violence,” Ferrer said.

According to Reuters, Davis received what is called a “stacked” sentence, which counts each indictment as a separate offense, resulting in Davis having to serve prison sentences for each of the convictions consecutively instead of concurrently.

Advocate groups have called on the state of Florida to reform its mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which is among the toughest in the country.

The attorney who represented Davis, Michael Zelman told Reuters he was shocked at the sentence and the time doesn’t fit his crimes.

“Any law that provides for a mandatory term of imprisonment for a 19-year-old first offender that exceeds a century has got to be unconstitutional,” he said.

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