We covered what a juvenile lifer is in a previous blog, you can find that information as well as a more detailed history of how we got to this point here. If you weren’t currently aware, the state of Michigan is undergoing an overhaul as to how juveniles charged with serious cases are sentenced. A recent Supreme Court ruling has deemed life sentences for juvenile offenders unconstitutional, and as such, have required all juveniles who have been sentenced to a life term to be brought back for resentencing under the new rules. This ruling affected about 350 cases, and they are slowly having their cases brought back to court for a possible second chance. About half of these cases have been brought back for resentencing since the Supreme Court made its decision retroactive to all juvenile lifer cases back in January of 2016. Here is a recent story dealing with one of these cases:
The Original Case
At the age of 16, Charles Finch was convicted for his role in conspiracy, robbery, and the first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a man of a man in his home. The victim’s then-fiancé promised to share the proceeds of a life insurance policy if they killed the victim. Finch committed this crime with two others, who were 17 and 14 years old then respectively. The three teens went to the victim’s house in Jackson, Michigan and were let inside where the victim was beaten, bound, robbed, and ultimately stabbed to death. It was not alleged that Finch stabbed the victim, rather it was it was one of the other boys who did. Finch, however, was accused of hitting the victim over the head with a wrench during the robbery.