Court Upholds Life Sentence in 2004 Middle School Slaying in Miami-Dade - NBC 6 South Florida

Court Upholds Life Sentence in 2004 Middle School Slaying in Miami-Dade

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    Court Upholds Life Sentence in 2004 Miami-Dade School Slaying

    The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday a Miami judge was correct in sentencing Michael Hernandez to life behind bars for the February 2004 stabbing death of Jaime Gough at Southwood Middle School.

    (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

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    • The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday a Miami judge was correct in sentencing Michael Hernandez to life behind bars.

    • Hernandez was sentenced for the February 2004 stabbing death of Jaime Gough at Southwood Middle School.

    An appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence imposed a second time on a Florida man convicted of killing his middle school classmate when both were just 14 years old.

    The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday a Miami judge was correct in sentencing Michael Hernandez to life behind bars for the February 2004 stabbing death of Jaime Gough at Southwood Middle School.

    Hernandez got a second sentencing hearing in 2016 because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that juveniles could not get mandatory life sentences.

    Testimony showed that the now 28-year-old Hernandez remained obsessed with violent imagery and music that glorified death and murder. Prosecutors say Hernandez wanted to become a serial killer and had a list of victims.

    Man Convicted in Middle School Classmate's Slaying Takes Stand

    [MI] Man Convicted in Middle School Classmate's Slaying Takes Stand
    Michael Hernandez, convicted in the 2004 killing of South wood Middle School classmate Jaime Gough, takes the stand for the first time at a resentencing hearing.
    (Published Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016)

    His sentence will be reviewed after 25 years.

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