NJ High Court Urges Clear Rundown Of Sentencing Factors

Law360, New York (January 7, 2014, 5:40 PM EST) -- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday stressed the need for trial courts to clearly outline their reasoning for aggravating and mitigating factors in a sentence, vacating a 20-year prison term against a defendant who pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

In sentencing Reinaldo Fuentes for the killing of his roommate in 2009, the trial court didn't adequately explain two aggravating factors, one based on the circumstances of the offense and Fuentes' role and the other concerning the need to deter the defendant and others going forward,...
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