A 20-year-old Florida man was convicted earlier this year for his role in an armed robbery spree — crimes in which he fired a gun, but didn’t shoot anyone.
When it came time for punishment, a federal judge gave Quartavious Davis the stiffest of sentences: 1,941 months, or nearly 162 years.
“My first offense, and they gave me all this time,” Davis said from the Federal Detention Center in Miami. “Might just as well say I’m dead.”
Davis’ attorney, Jacqueline Shapiro, said she’s appealing to the the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, arguing that the extreme sentence — which does not include the possibility of parole — constitutes a “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Coincidentally, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue of harsh sentencing last week, ruling in a 5-4 decision that a state can’t mandate life imprisonment without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.
In Davis’ case, he was 18 and 19 when he took part in a two-month string of robberies beginning in August 2010.
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