Teen gets up to 47 years for ‘senseless’ murder

At age 14, Leonard Green was charged as an adult with First Degree Murder. Facing life in prison, we retained an expert psychiatrist from Philadelphia to evaluate Mr. Green for a defense of Diminished Capacity. Ultimately, after presenting this defense, Mr. Green was sentenced to a minimum sentence of just over 20 years in prison. Read full news article below.

Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock sentenced Leonard Green III, 17, of York, to 22 years and 10 months to 47 years in prison.

Patrick Kevin Winter said he did not want to hear an apology.

On June 14, 2014, Leonard Green III, then 14, shot and killed Patrick Fabien Winter, who was in a family member’s BMW, outside a birthday party on East King Street near South Pine Street in York. He was 17.

Earlier in the day, Green, now 17, of York, has said he drank Hennessey, popped Xanax and smoked K2, or synthetic marijuana. He recalled that someone called out “bitch” from a nearby car, but could not remember exactly what was going through his mind when he committed the murder.

Winter, who opened World-A-Cuts Barber Institute in York, said his son was taught to be respectful. He hoped to one day start his own barbershop.

“Leonard Green took my son’s life over jealousy,” Winter said on Thursday in the York County Judicial Center. “May God have mercy on Leonard Green.”

Describing the murder as a “tragedy” for both families, Common Pleas Judge Craig. T. Trebilcock sentenced Green to serve 22 years and 10 months to 47 years in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related offenses.

Trebilcock extensively went through his decision-making process, noting that he took documents including expert reports into consideration, as well as factors such as the deterrent effect of the punishment. He also denounced how teenagers have gotten guns and committed violence in York.

“It has gotten out of hand. It is crazy,” said Trebilcock, who added that everyone has a role to play, including the courts. “We’ve got to do something. It has to end now.”

Before the punishment was handed down, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dave Maisch argued for a 30- to 60-year sentence. First, he noted how the entire right side of the gallery in Courtroom 6002 was filled with Patrick’s loved ones.

“They don’t need to say anything to you,” Maisch said. “Their presence is enough.”

Maisch said the killing was not related to gangs, drugs or a shootout. It was “senseless.” Green, he said, had not changed since kindergarten, and continues to exhibit “violent and antisocial behavior.”

While in York County Prison, Green has assaulted five inmates. He’s also threatened a corrections officer and a deputy warden, Maisch said.
Patrick Fabien Winter.

But Heather Reiner, Green’s attorney, asked for a sentence that would allow him to have a “light at the end of the tunnel and a life.”

Reiner said she’s gotten to know and better understand what her client went through by going to jail at 14. Green, she said, has also shown remorse.

“He’s taken responsibility for what he’s done,” Reiner said.

Green, whose mother and grandfather apologized and asked for leniency, also made a statement to the court.

“It’s the worst decision I ever made,” he said. “I take full responsibility.”

Later, Green referenced the expert reports. The clinicians, he said, do not really know him — he’s not just “this bad person.” He said he’s trying to better himself.

When it came time to be escorted out of the courtroom, Green, who was handcuffed and wearing an orange York County Prison jumpsuit, turned around to his family.

“Love y’all,” he said.

Source: ydr.com