|Published:||Feb 19, 2014 5:05 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 19, 2014 6:12 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla - A man convicted for his role in the infamous "Cash Feenz murders" could get a new sentence. A Supreme Court ruling passed in 2012 could overturn his sentence of life without parole.
"I come to show support. Unconditional love," said Ashley Gaudreau. Gaudreau says her childhood friend, Roderick Washington, is staying positive behind bars.
"Hanging in there the best he can," said Gaudreau.
In 2009, a jury found Washington guilty of murder, kidnapping and assault for his role in the murders of Jeffrey and Alexis Sosa.
Washington, only 17 at the time, was sentenced to four consecutive life terms without parole, a mandatory sentence,
But in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that sentence for a juvenile was unconstitutional.
"What they found is that juveniles are just not adults, and that juveniles develop differently. you should take into account, the age of the juvenile, family background, educational background, facts," said Cynthia Ross, from the State Attorney's Office.
Because his case was currently under appeal, in April, his attorney will now get the chance to argue for a lesser sentence.
"We are the only country in the entire world that still sentences juveniles to life in prison. He's adamant in continuing, so that is what we are going to do," said his defense attorney Pauline Franklin.
But the State Attorney's Office tells us the judge could keep his current sentence.
The re-sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 14th.
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