Some inmates given long sentences as teens would be eligible for release in 15 years under proposed bill
Kendrick Morris was 16 when he brutally raped and beat a teenager outside the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library.
Last year, he was sentenced to 65 years in prison.
Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Valrico, invoked his case Wednesday before grudgingly voting for SB 212, which would give perpetrators of non-homicidal crimes the opportunity for a re-sentence or parole after 15 years.
Inmates like Morris should never go free, she argued.
"Just because we practice forgiveness doesn't mean you don't have to suffer the consequences of your own choices," she said, adding that the Bloomingdale rape victim is permanently paralyzed. "This sweet baby that has been shattered ... how can I face this sweet baby if her perpetrator walks free?"