Bouquets to Defense Attorney Hank Coxe and Seven Other Attorneys on the Cristian Fernandez Case
Bouquets to defense attorney Hank Coxe and seven other local attorneys who worked pro bono for helping resolve the Cristian Fernandez case in juvenile court. Fernandez was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and aggravated battery as a juvenile. He will remain at the Duval Regional Detention Center until his 19th birthday on Jan. 14, 2018. Upon his release, he'll be on probation for five years. If he violates that, he'll face 15 years in a Florida state prison. Fernandez was 12 when he was arrested, charged with the murder of his 2-year-old half-brother. If the case had gone to trial in adult court, the boy could have faced life in prison without parole.