By: Associated Press
July 12, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prisoner serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder committed when he was 16 won't get a new sentencing hearing despite recent state and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that ban life sentences for juveniles.
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Budry Michel's life sentence was constitutional because it included a possibility of parole after 25 years, so it doesn't necessarily mean Michel will spend life in prison.
The court has ordered new sentencing hearings for other prisoners sentenced to life for crimes committed as juveniles.
Michel was 22 when he was sentenced in 1996 for the Broward County murder, meaning he would be eligible for parole when he's 47. The court said that was well within his expected lifetime.