A Fight for Fair Sentencing
Sidley achieved a major pro bono win when the D.C. Superior Court suspended the remainder of the sentence of our client, Kevin McCrimmon, and released him on probation. Mr. McCrimmon was convicted of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and nine other felony assault charges stemming from a shooting at a corner market in 1994. Although he was not at the scene of the crime and was a juvenile at the time, the judge sentenced Mr. McCrimmon to 91 years to life — an effective life sentence. In response to advances in the science of juvenile brain development and Supreme Court jurisprudence on juvenile sentencing, the District enacted the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA), which allows individuals convicted as juveniles and incarcerated for over 20 years to seek sentence modifications. This was the first of five IRAA cases that the District’s Public Defender Service referred to Sidley. The team’s winning strategy included presenting testimony from a forensic psychologist and several character witnesses at an evidentiary hearing.
“I would like to thank Sidley for doing an awesome job representing me and reuniting me with my family. Words can’t express what this means to me.”
– Kevin McCrimmon, Sidley client