Thank you for the additional information. Even though the plea/sentence imposed was harsh, it needs to be determined if it was illegally imposed. The question would need to be asked and it would need to be determined if he was sentenced accordingly, under the law. Even though the Judge may have been heavy handed, if this was an agreed upon plea deal and your grandson was represented and advised by legal counsel, it is going to b very difficult to go back to court
and get the plea modified or even vacated, unless there is a legal basis to do so. His prior criminal
history certainly did some into play when the sentence was imposed. All the positive things he is doing in prison, will count towards and be a factor for any type of early release program offered by the State. The only way that he could obtain a lesser sentence would be if the plea could be modified based upon a legal basis to support it or if the sentence imposed was illegal and not proper, under the law.
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