October 8, 2015
Ralph Monroe v. State
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Leon County

Mr. Monroe was convicted of sexual battery on a child under 12 by a defendant 18 years or older and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On appeal, he argued that the state had not proved that he had turned 18 before the crime. The First District Court of Appeal noted that the evidence of Mr. Monroe’s age at the time was disputed, but concluded that it could not grant his appeal because his trial attorney failed to make a motion for acquittal. The 1st DCA also certified the legal issue as one of great public importance for this Court’s review.