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Va. Supreme Court upholds juvenile’s sentence reduction

(AP) The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s order reducing a juvenile’s six life sentences for armed robbery.

In Friday’s 4-3 decision, the justices said the reduction of Travion Blount’s sentence to 40 years was a “partial pardon” that did not require Blount’s approval.

Blount sought a reduction to 10 to 20 years. He wanted to reject McDonnell’s order so he could challenge the original sentence in federal court.

Blount was 15 when he and two 18-year-olds robbed people at a party in Norfolk in 2006. The older teens pleaded guilty and received 10- and 13-year sentences. Blount went to trial and got six life terms plus 118 years.

Blount’s attorney, John Coggeshall, said he may seek a rehearing or appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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