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13-Year-Old Fla. Boy Charged with Murder

September 18, 2012  | 

A 13-year-old Florida boy faces murder charges as an adult in a case that could provide another test of sentencing rules for juveniles.

Cristian Fernandez has been accused of murdering his 2-year-old half-brother and sexually abusing his 5-year-old half-brother. His life has been marked with violence and neglect, including being found wandering the street at age 2, reports the Associated Press.

In several recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has found that tough sentences for juveniles violated the Constitution. In June, the court issued a decision outlawing mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles.


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