GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a 1995 slaying that took place when he was 16 has been given a shorter sentence.
Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Sullivan told 37-year-old Juan Cantu that: “A 16-year-old would know, I believe, how very, very wrong the things that you and your co-defendant did that day were.”
The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/2dMI6ON ) Cantu apologized.
Cantu was recommended for re-sentencing after the U.S. Supreme Court determined mandatory no-parole sentences are a cruel and unusual punishment for minors.
Forsyth recommended Cantu for a shortened sentence only because he didn’t actually kill Holland resident Daniel VanTatenhove. Cantu also is serving 50 to 80 years for kidnapping, which exceeds the maximum 40- to 60-year sentence he received Wednesday.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids