Quartavious Davis, an 18-year-old suffering from bipolar disorder, was sentenced to 162 years in prison, without the possibility of parole. Now 20, the young man is still shocked on the effects of the U.S. justice on a first-time offender.
At present, Quartavious Davis, 20, is living at the Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida. Two years ago, he was sentenced to 1,941 months in prison for a number of armed robberies. During the trial, all his accomplices testified against him. They faced no charges.
At that time, Davis received a court-appointed attorney, Michael Zelman, who resigned after filing a notice of appeal. He did not inform his client of any plea bargain. When contacted by Reuters, he did not want to comment on that issue.
Davis’s new attorney, Jacqueline Shapiro is now concentrated on arguing that for a first-time offender, 162 year in prison is just as “cruel and unusual” as there are life sentences without parole for defendants under the age of 18, as the U.S. Supreme Court decided recently.
The unusually long sentence is the result of a tricky U.S. law practice called, “stacking”, in which the convict receives a different sentence for each crime committed. In Davis’s case, he received seven years in prison for his first firearm count, and then 25 years for each of the other counts.
Davis, who, according to expert testimony at the trial, suffers from bipolar disorder and a learning disability, is still shocked by the outcome. “My first offense, and they gave me all this time”, he said. “Might just as well say I’m dead.”