Juveniles Sentenced as Adults in Jacksonville Felony Case


Jacksonville Juvenile Prison Sentence

Two juveniles will be serving prison sentences in Florida.

Jacksonville criminal lawyers will represent people charges with a range of crimes.  Sometimes, you have someone that is charged with a Florida theft crime, such as Jacksonville petty theft or grand theft.  This seems minor compared to the clients that you have that are facing mandatory prison sentences with a charge like Florida aggravated assault with a firearm or murder.  It does not matter what your client is charged with.  Every criminal case is important.  It is important to the person being charged with it, so it should be important to the Jacksonville criminal attorney that has the case.  People’s lives, liberties, and futures are at stake.  There are so many lawyers in Jacksonville.  There are a variety of attorneys.  When you are a Florida criminal lawyer, it is not about people losing their money.  We are dealing with their lives.  That is why everyone’s case is important.

It is especially important for a Jacksonville juvenile lawyer to give adequate attention to a juvenile case.  When children are charged with crimes, they are more afraid than the adults.  They do not think things through the same way as adults do.  It is important to help them through this troubling time.  It is so hard to see young people charged with major crimes.  The most popular case in Duval County right now is the Christian Fernandez case.  If you are not familiar with the case, read an article on the 20 Miles Law Jacksonville lawyers website.  It is called Jacksonville Juvenile Lawyer About Christian Fernandez Criminal Case.

I read an article about a case in Duval County that should have been receiving more attention than it did.  Two men were sentenced as adults on a case, not Jacksonville juvenile delinquents.  They were charged as adults due to the severity of the crime they were accused of committing.  The Florida Times Union reported:

“A Jacksonville man who almost went free on a Stand Your Ground law claim will spend 10 years in prison for a fatal street-fight shooting when he was 16. On Monday, Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud sentenced Quintavis Sermond Seay, now 20, for the manslaughter of 20-year-old Jeremy Ervin Godboldt in 2009. Under a plea agreement between Seay’s lawyers and prosecutors, Soud had the discretion of sentencing Seay to anywhere from five to 15 years. Seay will get credit for the more than three years he has already been locked up since the shooting occurred.”

Judge Soud made the ruling on the defendant’s Florida Stand Your Ground motion.  He “visited the scene of the crime while deliberating the Stand Your Ground defense, said he made a ‘razor-close’ decision to deny Seay that immunity. The 1st District Court of Appeal later upheld Soud’s ruling.”  Seay argued that “he should go free under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that allows use of deadly force instead of retreating if the person is afraid for his or her life. But witnesses said the fight was already over when the shooting started. Seay said he was just trying to scare off his assailants.”

The Florida Times Union set forth the facts as follows:

“On Nov. 21, 2009, Godboldt, his brother Justin Godboldt and friend Donovan Harpe jumped Seay and Rashard Fussell from behind at the back corner of the DCI Dialysis Clinic near North Davis Street….Fussell had gotten into a fight with Harpe a week earlier at school. One of the brothers knocked Seay to the ground while the other two beat and kicked Fussell until he was almost unconscious in the middle of State Street. The three men then started fighting Seay again. He eventually produced a gun and fired every bullet that was in the chamber, killing Jeremy Godboldt.”

Although Judge Soud believe that this was a fight that was brought to Seay and not something that he was searching for, he still did not give the minimum five year sentence.  He explained his reasoning by stating, “A 16-year-old boy has no right to be firing a gun in the streets of this city.”

It is a shame to see our children in prisons.  It is a shame to have our children shooting each other.  No one wins in a situation like this.

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