Mendoza v. StateAnnotate this Case
Defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated burglary. Defendant was sentenced to twelve to eighteen years for the manslaughter conviction and eight to ten years for the aggravated battery, to run concurrently, with a recommendation for the Youthful Offender Program (boot camp). After Defendant completed boot camp he moved for a sentence reduction to probation. The district court denied the motion but reduced Defendant’s sentence by two years. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) following the successful completion of boot camp the sentencing court has discretion to reduce the sentence of an applicant upon completion of boot camp, and that discretion allows a reduction in sentence that could include probation but could also include other possibilities; (2) the district court did not abuse its discretion when it considered the nature of Defendant’s underlying crimes in Defendant’s motion for sentence reduction; and (3) the prosecutor did not violate the terms of the plea agreement when he argued against probation after completion of boot camp.