No-parole sentence doesn’t stand in fatal shooting
Flint — A young Flint man convicted in the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver could eventually get the chance to leave prison after being re-sentenced.
Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Archie Hayman on Monday sentenced 20-year-old Juwan Wickware to 30-60 years in prison.
Wickware received life in prison without parole in August 2013. The sentencing phase of his first-degree murder case was unusual because he was 16 when Michael Nettles was killed. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 said teens can’t automatically get mandatory no-parole sentences.
Before the 2013 sentence, Hayman held two days of hearings about Wickware’s mental status, criminal history and childhood. Monday’s re-sentencing came after a change in state law.
Wickware’s attorney, Jodi Hemingway, tells The Flint Journal she feels like “a wrong has been righted.”