New Sentencing for Convicted Minor Ordered by Court
Defendant was convicted of two counts of 1st degree murder based on theory of accountability and sentenced to mandatory natural life in prison without possibility of parole. Defendant was 19 and a member of a street gang at time of offense. Growing body of scientific evidenced that the young adult brain, at age 19, is still developing, rendering young adults more similar to juveniles than mature adults. Defendant received the same sentence as the shooter, who was age 17 at time of offense and who received new sentencing hearing after issuance of United States Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama. Defendant’s sentence violated proportionate penalties clause of Illinois Constitution as applied to him. Remanded for new sentencing hearing.
1st Dist. People v. Williams, 2018 IL App (1st) 151373 (5/11/18) Cook Co., 6th Div. Vacated and remanded with directions.