At 17 yrs. old, in 1996, I signed for a capital life sentence in order to avoid the death penalty. Being threatened and coerced by the death penalty, they also made me sign for 3 additional sentences that were to run concurrently, 2 additional life sentences and 20 all in the same procedure. My first question is this: Can the courts give me a life sentence for aggravated robbery when it carries 5-99? 2nd question: was it legal for them to give me the death penalty in 1996 if I was under 18? The Federal Death Penalty Act that was enacted in 1994 said you had to be 18. Does Fed. law not supersede state law? I used "grounds of threat of the Death Penalty, coercion, involuntary pleads. I also filed an appeal after 17 years in prison and now I am back in county. why? thanks.
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