SADO's Juvenile Lifer Unit Secures Term of Years Sentences for Clients formerly Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Michigan's Juvenile Lifers--individuals sentenced to mandatory life without parole for offenses they committed as children age 17 years old or under--are entitled to resentencing following Montgomery v Louisiana, __ US __; (Docket No. 14-280, issued 1/25/16), and pursuant to the procedures set forth in MCL 769.25a.

In July 2016, prosecutor offices around the state filed motions seeking the re-imposition of life without parole sentences for approximately 229 of Michigan's approximately 363 juvenile lifers. Resentencing hearings will take place over an expanded period of time. In these cases, the prosecution will continue to seek the re-imposition of a life sentence while defense counsel will seek the imposition of a term of years sentence, the minimum of which can be between 25 to 40 years and the maximum of which is 60 years, pursuant to MCL 769.25a.

Individuals in which county prosecutors did not seek the re-imposition of life without parole sentences will be resentenced to a term of years pursuant to MCL 769.25a.

The State Appellate Defender Office represents approximately 60% of Michigan's juvenile lifers.

SADO's Juvenile Lifer Unit, led by Assistant Defender Valerie Newman, has begun the resentencing process for a number of clients:

  • William Washington, who has served 40 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced on September 6, 2016 to 40 to 60 years. Mr. Washington was paroled on November 17, 2016. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • John Hall, who has served 50 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 40 to 60 years on September 16, 2016. Mr. Hall was paroled on February 2, 2017. Read more about John's story in the Free Press and the Detroit News. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Thomas Armstrong, who has served 27 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 28 to 60 years on September 19, 2016, making him parole eligible in June 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Darnell Johnson, who has served over 40 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 40 to 60 years on September 23, 2016. Mr. Johnson was paroled on January 10, 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Walter Jones, who has served 41 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 40 to 60 years on September 23, 2016. Mr. Jones was paroled on February 17, 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • James Howard, who has served 35 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 40 to 60 years on September 26, 2016. He will be eligible for parole in 2021. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Ahmad Williams, who has served 18 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on September 30, 2016. He will be eligible for parole in 2024. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Juan Cantu, who has served over 20 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 40 to 60 years on October 21, 2016. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Renard Johnson, who has served 30 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on November 29, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Larone Harris, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 2, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Lindsay Ponce).
  • Ronald Williams, who has served over 35 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 2, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Lindsay Ponce).
  • Marvin K. Lewis, who has served over 26 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 26 to 60 years on December 13, 2016. Mr. Lewis was paroled on April 6, 2017. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Brian Ivory, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on December 13, 2016. (SADO Attorney Peter Van Hoek).
  • Ferandal Reed, who has served over 25 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 13, 2016. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Jamie Huggins, who has served over 22 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 13, 2016. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • James Thomas, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 27 to 60 years on December 14, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • DiAngelo Stewart, who has served 30 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 28 to 60 years on December 14, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Eric Cammon, who has served over 27 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 28 to 60 years on December 16, 2016, making him immediately parole eligible. (SADO Attorney Christine Pagac).
  • Corey Bibbs, who has served over 26 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 27 to 60 years on December 19, 2016, making him parole eligible in under two years. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Ramon Evans, who has served over 25 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 19, 2016, making him parole eligible in under one year. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Eric Brown, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 28 to 60 years on December 21, 2016. SADO Attorney Valerie Nemwan).
  • Gerald Colson, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for that crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on December 21, 2016. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Tkyeith Turner, who has served over 21 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 21, 2016. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Christopher Wiley, who has served 21 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 25 to 60 years on December 21, 2016, making him parole eligible in under five years. (SADO Attorney Peter Van Hoek).
  • Kimberly Simmons, who has served over 28 years for a crime that occurred when she was 17 years old, was resentenced to 29 to 60 years on January 13, 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Terrance Thomas, who has served over 29 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 28 to 60 years on January 31, 2017. He will be eligible for parole in 10 months. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Devon Watts, who has served 21 years imprisonment for a crime that occurred when she was 17 years old, was resentenced on January 31, 2017 after the prosecutor withdrew its motion seeking life without parole. Ms. Watts was resentenced to 28 to 60 years. (SADO Attorney Sofia Nelson).
  • Antonio Williams, who has served over 24 years for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 26 to 60 years on February 10, 2017. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Garry Steffenhagen, who has served over 18 years for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 26 to 60 years on February 15, 2017. (SADO Attorney Peter Van Hoek)
  • Ulysses Averheart, who has served over 23 years for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 35 to 60 years on February 16, 2017. (SADO Attorney Christine Pagac).
  • Timothy Riddle, who has served over 27 years for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 29 to 60 years on February 17, 2017. SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Tony Taylor, who has served over 30 years for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 33 to 60 years on February 17, 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Jennifer Pruitt, who has served over 23 years for a crime that occurred when she was 16 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on March 2, 2017. (SADO Contract Attorney Robyn Frankel)
  • Marcus Walker, who has served over 24 years for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on March 10, 2017. (SADO Attorney Lindsay Ponce).
  • Bobby Hines, who has served over 27 years for a crime that occurred when he was 15 years old, was resentenced to 27 to 60 years on March 16, 2017. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Ray Howell, who has served over 32 years for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 33 to 60 years on March 21, 2017. (SADO Attorney Erin Van Campen).
  • Michael Jarrett, who has served over 23 years for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 27 to 60 years on March 22, 2017. (SADO Attorney Valerie Newman).
  • Walter Miller, who has served over 29 years for a crime that occurred when he was 17 years old, was resentenced to 30 to 60 years on March 30, 2017. (SADO Attorney Susan Meinberg).
  • Timothy Lewis, who has served over 25 years for a crime that occurred when he was 16 years old, was resentenced to 26 to 60 years on March 31, 2017. (SADO Attorney Lindsay Ponce).

SADO and its Juvenile Lifer Unit will continue to fight for the best possible outcomes for all clients.