A California man sent to prison for 26 years for lying on a driver’s license application won a new hearing on Friday in a case that revived debate over the state’s “three strikes” law, which imposes lengthy terms on repeat offenders.
Santos Reyes was convicted of perjury for filling out a driver’s license under a cousin’s name in 1997. Convicted of burglary in 1981 and armed robbery in 1987, he was sentenced to 26-years-to-life. Reyes appealed, arguing such a sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
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I could just imagine him leaving the prison after 26 years. That would be one hell of a ‘walk of shame’.