CONVICTION REVERSED | ARMED ROBBERY
State v. Mr. S. (DMC No. 1157) (Pima County Superior Court No. CR0143582): Mr. S. has been involved in drugs and various other unhealthy activities which led him and his girlfriend to be arrested and convicted for robbing a convenience store. Because of Mr. S.’s prior criminal convictions, he was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison. Although he had already spent 17 years in prison when we received the case, we were able to show that his trial counsel had a conflict of interest when representing both Mr. Smith and his girlfriend. The Court agreed, and his conviction was reversed. The State chose not to re-try Mr. S., and he did not return to prison (saving him from another 18 years to life in prison).
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