Local News - Boy Who Killed a Pedophile Seeks a New Trial
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#1 Mar 8, 2007
I just want to say GOD knows everything including the truth and what is done in the dark shall come to light, always.
Iam sorry for the Berrios family and I pray that all will be well soon. In the next 3 years I plan on going to Law school to receive my law degree. At 23 Iam engaged and have a wonderful job, not trying to loose focus about Mark its just that I couldn't imagine being in jail. Mark has lost a lot of his life in there but has gained the strength that GOD has given him to understand the meaning of hardships, even prayer.
My quest of obtaining a law degree is because of people like Mark Berrios that had no voice while speaking, prof of innocence but still found guilty. To the Berrios family my prayers are with you and to Mark : FREEDOM WILL COME SOON FOR YOU AS I FINISHING MY LAW DEGREE WILL BE DONE TOO,
GOD BLESS AND STAY UP MARK..........
THE MAN UPSTAIRS HAS ALREADY DEEMED YOUR FREEDOM, JUST KEEP HIM IN YOUR HEART!!!!!!!
A FUTURE LEGAL FRIEND
#2 Mar 16, 2007
With the discovery of the dead body of little six year old Chris Berrios this case takes on new meaning.
What would have happened if little Christ was able to get his hands on a gun and shoot his rapist/murderer?
He would have been a hero and we would all be praising his great escape.
The State had a bad law on the books. It PROTECTED a criminal pedophile. What good is changing the law if the injustice done to a young child aged 15 at the time of the crime can not be exhonerated and compensated for the State's mistake
#3 Apr 8, 2010
thank you and stay in touch at email@example.com
thanks again, i printed your comment for Mark
#4 Apr 8, 2010
There are many injustices in this world and we stay strong in the Lord and its where we, "keep the faith", and we hope that soon the wheels of justice will turn in favor of Mark.
Mark is at Taylor Correctional Annex DOC 165139, 8629 Hampton Springs Road, Perry Florida 32348
I know he would want to know that there is support and there are people that pray for his release.
#5 Oct 17, 2012
Judge Orders the State to a Hearing over Teen Killer’s Resentencing Request
Marc S. Reiner, Berrios’ attorney, recently received notice that Judge Rowe is ordering the State Attorney’s Office to argue its position in a special hearing on the legal interpretation of the Supreme Court Ruling Miller v. Alabama on November 29th at 3pm.
As it stands, the State claims the ruling is only applicable to current and future minors charged with Life. The State Attorney’s Office moved against Berrios’ attorney’s request for a flat 20 years time served with the possibility for immediate parole. The State validates this with a 3rd District Court of Appeals (DCA) case ruled on last month concerning a minor charged with Life requesting a resentencing. The court ruled Miller v. Alabama could not be used retroactively in the 3rd DCA ‘Geter’ case ruling.
This is an extremely odd case to have had even occur let alone for the State to cite, considering the Supreme Court ruled that the state of Alabama had to rehear Miller’s request for a resentencing because he was a minor when originally charged and thus deserved an opportunity for a resentencing hearing. This makes the foundation of the Supreme Court ruling based on a case clearly being applied to the offender’s past conviction.
Marc S. Reiner, Berrios’ attorney, responded to the State’s interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling with a 4th DCA case also ruled on just last month where the judge ruled the ‘Doughtery’ case was in accordance with Miller v. Alabama and deserved a resentencing hearing. The prevailing factor in the Supreme Court’s ruling was that a minor charged with a Life sentence in actuality serves more time than an adult offender charged with the same sentence.
The Assistant State Attorneys on this case are taking a stance where they must deliberately obscure the very clear and concise language written by the Supreme Court. Miller v. Alabama is not restricted to minors charged with Life before or after the Supreme Court handed down this ruling.
The ruling and its application was founded on the premise that any minor, past or present charged with a Life sentence has the right to a resentencing hearing.
Undeterred Mark Berrios, his family and Mr. Reiner, anticipate the ‘Legal Argument’ hearing on November 29th. Mr. Reiner is confident that his interpretation of the new ruling supersedes that of the State Attorneys’ Office for very obvious reasons. This is a major accomplishment having Judge Rowe order the State Attorneys’ Office to conduct a hearing. Whereas the State did not want a hearing at all let alone a hearing on just its interpretation of the new Supreme Court ruling.
Mr. Reiner will have the opportunity to untangle the confusing position the State has taken on the application of this new ruling. Miller v. Alabama was founded and used in a “retroactive” case. Mr. Reiner will reiterate these points at the hearing. Unfortunately at this time, this is not the resentencing hearing Berrios requested. This is because the State’s position has lengthened the process citing statutory interpretations which have manifested as legal roadblocks.
Judge Rowe is being exceptionally thorough. With hope, this should inhibit future arguments that could further delay Mark Berrios’ request for resentencing hearing. Thank you all again for your time and continued interest devoted to Mark Berrios’ legal battle.
#6 Oct 17, 2012
Leave to some religious freak to find a depressing story, and tell everybody it's god's work to save a persons soul. If god let this happen then you're a hypocrite!! The bible is a crock!!
#8 Oct 30, 2012
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