Jacamo Ardon, a Miami man convicted in the brutal 1991 gang rape of a college student will soon leave prison, thanks to a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned life-without-parole sentences for juveniles who did not kill anyone during their crimes. Then only 17 years old, Ardon, now 38, will likely walk free in coming weeks after serving 20 years already. Following his release, the federal government is set to deport Ardon to his native Nicaragua.
The Supreme Court ruling stemmed from a 2003 case involving Terrance Graham, a 16-year-old who robbed a Jacksonville restaurant with a cohort. Graham received probation for the robbery, but was arrested a year later for another armed robbery, and sentenced to life in prison for violating probation. The sharply divided Court ruled that it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence juveniles who had not committed a homicide to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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