Judge Lifts Life Sentence for Florida Man Convicted as Teen

Posted at 1:46 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 09:43:27-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A man who received a life sentence at age 16 for his role in a fatal robbery is getting out prison.

A Tampa judge on Wednesday ruled that 39-year-old Floyd LaFountain has been jailed long enough and resentenced him to 22 years. With time served, LaFountain should walk free in a few days.

LaFountain expressed remorse for the 1994 death of 73-year-old Manuel Huerta.

A series of court decisions declaring it unconstitutional to give juveniles life sentences opened the door for a reduced sentence. Prosecutors noted LaFountain's good behavior in prison.

The Tampa Bay Timesreports he'll serve 15 years of probation and was ordered not to return to the Athol, Massachusetts area where he was raised.

Sixteen-year-old triggerman Kyle Moran also received a life sentence.

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