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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Graham v. Florida
Citation:560 U.S. 48 (2010)
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Petitioner is Terrance Jamar Graham. He was born on January 6, 1987. In July 2003, when Graham was age 16, he and three other school-age youths attempted to rob a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Graham and another youth, wearing masks, entered through the unlocked door and Graham’s accomplice twice struck the restaurant manager in the back of the head with a metal bar. No money was taken. Graham was arrested for the robbery attempt. Under Florida law, it is within a prosecutor’s discretion whether to charge 16-year-old as adults or juveniles for most felony crimes. After Graham pleaded guilty, he was required to spend the first 12 months of his probation in the county jail. On December, 2004, Graham had violated the conditions of his probation by possessing a firearm and committing crimes. The trial court sentenced him to the maximum sentence of 15 years.
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