September 21, 2012 in City

Man’s 92-year sentence overturned

Mcclatchy-Tribune
 

The Washington Court of Appeals has overturned the 92-year sentence of a former Centralia High School student convicted for the 2007 drive-by shooting in downtown Centralia, Wash.

Guadalupe Solis-Diaz Jr. was 16 when he sprayed bullets along the east side of Tower Avenue in downtown Centralia on Aug. 11, 2007. Solis-Diaz didn’t hit anyone, including his intended target.

Solis-Diaz was sentenced to 1,111 months in prison, which was the high-end of the standard sentencing range for the six counts of first-degree assault, one count of drive-by shooting, and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The justices Tuesday remanded Solis-Diaz to be resentenced in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Graham V. Florida, which ruled that the Eighth Amendment forbids the sentencing of a juvenile of life without the possibility of parole if the offender did not commit a homicide.

In addition the court found that the legal representation of Solis-Diaz, now 22, was “constitutionally deficient.”


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