When Kareem Williams in January was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 shooting death of a 15-year-old South Bay youth, it was a mistake.
Attorney Adam Farkas said he was so shocked a jury convicted his client that he forgot to alert Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Karen Miller that Williams was only 17 when James Demps was murdered. In a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that juveniles convicted of murder deserve special consideration. Therefore, Williams couldn’t automatically receive a life sentence.
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