State of Washington v. Gilbert

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Mr. Gilbert was convicted in adult court of six crimes committed when he was 15 in 1992. His life without parole sentence was invalidated by the courts based on recent case law, but he was resentenced to a very long prison term as a result of the sentences running consecutively, despite evidence that he was a low risk for reoffending and that youth was a mitigating factor in the offenses. We filed an amicus brief with other amici with the Washington Supreme Court arguing that the widely recognized “mitigating factors of youth” should allow for concurrent sentences rather than the consecutive ones required by adult sentencing standards. The Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion on April 4, 2019 which ruled that youth should be considered as a mitigating factor in resentencing and reversed and remanded the case for resentencing in the trial court.