The moral of the story here is don’t count your chickens before they hatch…or maybe just leave things well enough alone.
A man in Florida who is already in jail for raping, beating and leaving a teen girl for dead outside a public library more than eight years ago recently filed a legal motion requesting a shorter sentence.
However, the judge was not buying into any of his lawyer’s arguments, and decided to make the convicted rapist spend the rest of his life in prison.
It seems that Kendrick Morris was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the horrific 2008 crime, which the man committed when he was a teenager.
However, Morris was given a re-sentencing hearing following a recent US Supreme Court decision that decided that very long sentences for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional and that these younger offenders should generally have the opportunity for parole.
Keep in mind that hundreds of these re-sentencing hearings have been taking place all across the country over the last few months.
Legal experts note, however, that a re-sentencing hearing is not a guarantee a lesser sentence. In fact, in Morris’ case, it actually turned out to mean a good bit more time in prison for the rapist. The judge in this case completely ignored the Supreme Court ruling and increased Morris’ sentence from 65 years to life in prison.
Of note, Morris will be eligible for another sentencing review in 14 years in 2031.
In a review of the facts of the case, Kendrick Morris, who was 16 years old in 2008 when he committed the crime, was convicted of the rape and beating at a local library that left a young woman blind and paralyzed.
Source: New York Post
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