Man loses attempt to have armed robbery sentence reduced

A Union County man has lost an attempt to have his life sentence for armed robbery reduced.

Posted: Oct 5, 2017 7:47 AM
Updated: Oct 5, 2017 7:54 AM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Union County man has lost an attempt to have his life sentence for armed robbery reduced.

Vincent Young, 55, pleaded guilty in 1990 to armed robbery and was sentenced to live in prison with a possibility of parole.

As part of the agreements, prosecutors dropped an aggravated assault charge and agreed to remove habitual offender status from the charges.

Young filed a motion 25 years later to have the sentence reduced because under state law in 1990 only a jury could sentence someone to life for armed robbery.

A circuit judge denied the motion and the Mississippi Court of Appeals says Young gave up the right to appeal his sentence when he agreed to plead guilty.

 

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