Florida 12-Year-Old Faces Life Without Parole in Murder Case

The continuing debate about sentencing juveniles to life without parole has real-world implications for a 12-year-old boy in Jacksonville, Fla., accused of killing his two-year-old half-brother.

The Florida attorney general, Angela Corey (pictured at left) charged Christian Fernandez as an adult in the first-degree murder case. Corey quoted in the Florida Times-Union, said eight years was not enough time to rehabilitate Fernandez. But his adult status leaves Fernandez open to the possibility of a life sentence.

The Times-Union story describes how Corey’s staff spent two months examining the 12-year-old before deciding how to charge him.  The story also takes a long look at the history of juvenile life without parole sentences.



15 thoughts on “Florida 12-Year-Old Faces Life Without Parole in Murder Case

  1. I’m not surprised that this outrage is in Florida! Texas will have to find an 11 year old to try as an adult now. The juvenile court system should be done away with considering the mentality in this country. I wouldn’t be surprised if this prosecutor doesn’t go for lethal injection!