February 13, 2012, Commonwealth v. Radames Sanabria: The Honorable Linda Carpenter today sentenced 17-year-old Radames Sanabria to Life in Prison without the Possibility of Parole for the 2010 murder of a 14-year-old boy. Judge Carpenter found that after considering all of the factors required under the new statute regarding sentencing juveniles convicted of first degree murder (including victim impact, safety of the community, defendant’s age, defendant’s culpability, etc.), the appropriate sentence for this defendant was Life without Parole.
Sanabria was convicted on October 23, 2012 by a jury of his peers of First Degree Murder, Violations of the Uniform Firearms act, and Possessing an Instrument of Crime for killing 14-year-old Jerome Carlyle, Jr. On August 10, 2010, on the 3000 block of North 7th Street, the defendant shot Jerome Carlyle, Jr. four times in the chest, buttock, and right leg, resulting in his death. Jerome did not know the defendant prior to the shooting, but when the defendant crossed the victim’s path just seconds before the shooting, the defendant started arguing with Jerome for an unknown reason. In less than a minute, the defendant pulled out his firearm and shot and killed Jerome. 14-year-old Jerome Carlyle, Jr. was unarmed at the time. This case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Carolyn Naylor.