State v. Eason
An individual who pleads guilty to murder, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-54a, can be sentenced to 60 years in prison. The government charged the petitioner, Juan Eason, with choking his girlfriend of eight years, hiding the corpse and stealing from her accounts. A jury convicted the petitioner of murder, in violation of Connecticut General Statutes §53a-54a. Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano sentenced the petitioner to 50 years. The petitioner's attorney, John Cizik, requested a sentence reduction to 25 to 30 years, and argued that the petitioner was not in his right mind, and the murder was not premeditated The state's attorney, Eva Lenczewski, objected that the petitioner had an extensive record. The Sentence Review Division was not persuaded that the 50-year sentence was inappropriate or disproportionate. "The petitioner," wrote the Sentence Review Division, "violently took the life of a mother of four children."