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Nice looking lad, eh? - Now 20 years old, he was sentenced to 162 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

JoeBtfsplk 2012/07/04 08:18:06
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MIAMI (Reuters) - Quartavious Davis is still shocked by what happened to him in federal court two months ago.

"My first offense, and they gave me all this time," said Davis, a pudgy African American with dreadlocks who spoke with Reuters at the Federal Detention Center in Miami. "Might just as well say I'm dead."

Davis was convicted of participating in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010. His accomplices testified against him, saying he carried a gun during their crimes and discharged it at a dog that chased them after one of their burglaries. But Davis was not convicted of hurting anyone physically, including the dog.

Davis would occupy no place at all in the annals of crime if not for his sentence. Now 20 years old, he was sentenced to 1,941 months - almost 162 years - in prison without the possibility of parole.

On the day of Davis's interview with Reuters, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that life sentences without parole for defendants under the age of 18 constituted "cruel and unusual punishment" even in cases of murder. Unfortunately for Davis, he was 18 at the time of his crimes.


Nonetheless, Davis's attorney will argue that Davis's sentence to die in prison also constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" on the grounds that Davis is a "first offender," having never before been charged with a crime.

"Just as the Supreme Court recently held that the Constitution bars taking away all discretion from judges in sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment for committing murder," said the attorney, Jacqueline Shapiro, "so also is it cruel and extreme to allow unfettered prosecutorial discretion to force a sentencing judge to impose a life sentence on a teenage first offender convicted of lesser charges."




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  • Matt 2012/07/04 09:55:59
    another lowlife off the street
    Matt
    +15
    His parents should be in prison for naming a child "Quartavious".

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  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/10/04 04:14:39
    do the crime...
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Where's an option to say the sentence is ridiculous? I seriously doubt whether a Caucasian 20-yo in Miami would have received the same punishment.

    I think being named Quartavious is a lot of punishment itself.
  • Dave The Canuck 2012/10/04 03:59:46
    do the crime...
    Dave The Canuck
    How come there's no option on here that allows disagreement for his sentence? This is way overdone. He was nearly a kid when he did this, he didn't hurt anyone, it was his first crime, and he has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars? WTF is wrong with this judge? I'd say 10 years in jail, tops, would have been sufficient.
  • scbluesman13 2012/07/09 21:10:59
    do the crime...
    scbluesman13
    +2
    This is obviously a person charged with crimes in a very prejudicial way. Rich white men on wall street have been robbing us for decades, and not a single one of them has been charged with so much as larceny. You tell me if you think this makes sense...
  • Brosia 2012/07/07 06:08:26
    do the crime...
    Brosia
    +1
    But what crime was he convicted of? Participating in robberies based on evidence given from people that have a really good reason to lie? I hope he gets a lighter sentence, because this sounds outrageous.
  • Sir Bud. 2012/07/05 12:27:12
    do the crime...
    Sir Bud.
    +2
    Racial profiling again?And yes,I can imagine a lot of women would find him attractive,but hey,whatever rocks your boat.
  • kfallslady 2012/07/05 01:41:44
    another lowlife off the street
    kfallslady
    +1
    you know he was bad way before he was caught
  • JwonGalt 2012/07/04 21:44:09
    do the crime...
    JwonGalt
    +2
    That is just messed up. And the top rated commentator is just disgusting on an epic level. First time conviction, and he gets 162 years, and no one was harmed?

    Now that is not fair law.
  • Charles E 2012/07/04 19:23:29
    do the crime...
    Charles E
    +1
    He was convicted of using a gun in multiple fellonies, that we know of.

    If released he would almost certainly return to crime and next time he may not miss his victim.
  • Lindy... 2012/07/04 18:56:13
    do the crime...
    Lindy...
    +4
    Our Constitution is supposed to protect us ALL from 'cruel and unusual punishment'. There is NO way a person convicted of a first offense should have received a triple life sentence. It's wong on every level. Talk about your miscarriage of justice!! It's disgusting and illegal to have sentenced this first offender to 120 years in prison.
  • wtw 2012/07/04 18:48:04
    do the crime...
    wtw
    +4
    That is just wrong to be sentances for a first violation to that long--just a miscarriage of justice!
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/07/04 18:36:21
    do the crime...
    Rebel [SHP]
    +2
    Pay the time #nopity
  • Joel Buccellato 2012/07/04 17:51:46
    do the crime...
    Joel	 Buccellato
    I take armed robbery seriously because how quickly it can become murder, but 162 years is rather extreme. Maybe 15 years and possibly parole.
  • meme14 2012/07/04 17:15:27
    do the crime...
    meme14
    +3
    I agree he needs punished..but the punishment should fit the crime. And - there is a definite disparity in the sentencing of whites vs. blacks - that is b.s.
  • santa6642 2012/07/04 17:05:03
    do the crime...
    santa6642
    +2
    Pay the time, TS.
  • BritPunk 2012/07/04 15:51:52
    do the crime...
    BritPunk
    +3
    But why no chance of parole?
    Isn't there a book somewhere,( I think it's popular in America, can't remember the name right now) that says something about the hope of redemption in all?
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/07/04 15:45:51
    good
    TruBluTopaz
    +2
    We have a generation of adults who have never been required to experience the consequences for their bad decisions. This has been a product of court rulings that allow young teens to slide on small offenses which in turn allows them to escalate to bigger and better methods of crime. It's not a huge secret that most of the serious offenders on trial have extensive and sometimes sealed juvenile records. I don't think this guy started out being an armed robber. He probably started with penny ante stuff and then worked his way up. But in prior juvenile arrests, he probably did community service or similar hand slap punishment. I've never been arrested in my life. Yet in the school where I teach, I have kids who regularly have to meet with parole officers, police and lawyers because of continuing legal issues that range from graffitti to theft to vandalsim to rape and more. And I don't teach in an inner city. Too many parents want to save their kids by lawyering up and cushioning their criminal offspring from results. If your kid doesn't know right and wrong by the time they can drive a car, it's too late.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/04 15:06:54
    another lowlife off the street
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    This is a Judge's (politician's) son who has a compatriot group of would be Crime Team who who went "States" when they were caught.
    Hope he has a nice safe life

    Happy 4th of July
  • D D 2012/07/04 14:30:20 (edited)
    do the crime...
    D D
    +1
    These blacks lack critical thinking...risk vs reward. Even animals consider that!
  • notokand D D 2012/07/04 15:06:58
    notokand
    +9
    ... and what about all the other races who lack critical thinking and end up in similar situations? Racist buffoon.
  • D D notokand 2012/07/04 15:43:34
    D D
    +1
    I am commenting about this case, and in this case it is a black person.
  • meme14 D D 2012/07/04 17:00:28 (edited)
    meme14
    +5
    Why did you use the word 'these' if you were specifically referring to this black person? And use the plural 'blacks'?
  • D D meme14 2012/07/04 20:03:55
    D D
    Here on SH there have been a lot of postings of black lads committing all sorts of crimes. These cases have a pattern, no critical thinking of risk vs reward.
  • meme14 D D 2012/07/04 20:08:55
  • D D meme14 2012/07/05 07:25:02
    D D
    This fella in this story has lost his freedom for the rest of his life. I disagree with he had nothing to lose or any of them have nothing to lose.
  • meme14 D D 2012/07/05 10:26:15
    meme14
    +1
    Well, what I meant by that is to some criminals..who have nothing..short of their freedom - the risk is worth it. Someone who has a close family, a job and good friends is less likely to take that risk than someone who has..say, a crackhead mom who demeans them, a brother in jail and no real friends. Regardless of color.
  • D D meme14 2012/07/05 10:51:17
    D D
    +1
    Anyone that knows this one can see what happened to him and learn from it. Do they? Lot's of them have family and people they know in prison to see what they have to lose. They don't learn. They watch eachother commit crimes, the same crimes over and over and think there will be a different outcome. Just stupid.
  • meme14 D D 2012/07/05 16:40:38
    meme14
    yep, for criminals, regardless of color, it's about instant gratification - they want something quick and don't want to work for it..I am sure there are a lot of things factoring into it...I don't justify crime..I only disagree that color alone makes a person commit crime.
  • aneed2know meme14 2012/07/10 05:07:54
    aneed2know
    +1
    the only one here without critical thinking skills, is the idiot you are replying to, everyone knows what he means, he is just to much of a coward to just say it right out.
  • meme14 aneed2know 2012/07/10 10:57:08
    meme14
    +1
    I think you're right...If someone is going to be a bigot..I wish they'd have the courage to at least own it..but they almost never do...and those kind of people almost never really know any black people..and black people couldn't care less about them...but still they talk about them..all..the..time..lol..I used to work for people like that...annoying - they lack critical thinking skills...for sure..
  • aneed2know meme14 2012/07/11 06:52:21
    aneed2know
    +1
    must be from Texas
  • luvguins 2012/07/04 14:27:11
    do the crime...
    luvguins
    +11
    Less time with possibility of a long parole would have been more fair for a first offender. I doubt this harsh a sentence would have been imposed upon a white first offender.
  • La 2012/07/04 14:27:07
    do the crime...
    La
    +4
    Hrmmm......armed robbery does carry a life sentence but judicial discretion is important. Typical of America to do away with it >.>
  • dallas 2012/07/04 14:07:14 (edited)
  • tdterry... dallas 2012/07/04 14:39:28
    tdterry1999
    +2
    In your blindness to see only race as a issue here.You would have been better off just passing on by.Your stupidity, is showing big time
  • dallas tdterry... 2012/07/04 15:03:44 (edited)
  • tdterry... dallas 2012/07/04 15:54:28
    tdterry1999
    How many years ago was that.You have to let go of the past .If not you can't move forward.
  • dallas tdterry... 2012/07/04 15:58:27
  • tdterry... dallas 2012/07/04 19:50:31
    tdterry1999
    And you work for Obama.
  • dallas tdterry... 2012/07/04 20:04:56
  • tdterry... dallas 2012/07/04 20:11:42
    tdterry1999
    So you are a plumber.

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