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Webinar: The Lessons Learned Representing Bryan Sheppard in a 2017 Miller Re-Sentencing

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Start Date:  9/26/2017 2:00 PM EST
End Date:  9/26/2017 4:00 PM EST
Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense
Contact: Heather H. Hall
   Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
   Phone: N/A


The Lessons Learned Representing Bryan Sheppard in a 2017 Miller Re-Sentencing  

September 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 120 minutes

Webinar Faculty:  Cyndy Short, Mary K .Poirier, Dr. Julie Urbanik, and Dr. Lori Sexton.

About the Webinar:  Bryan Sheppard was 17 years old in November 1988 when six (6) Kansas City firefighters perished in an explosion that rocked Kansas City.  The fire was ruled an arson. Bryan lived with his family in a nearby working class neighborhood. Bryan was indicted 8 years after the explosion along with 4 adults. The group was tried together in federal court a few months after rejecting generous plea offers.  After his conviction Bryan and his co-defendants was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2012, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that teens sent to prison on mandatory life sentences should be re-sentenced. Further, the Court ruled that only the rare juvenile should ever be sentenced to the harshest possible punishment. In 2013 our team began a four (4) year fight to prove that Bryan Sheppard was not “irreparably corrupt” and should therefore be re-sentenced and released.
In February 2017,  we presented our case to the Honorable Fernando Gaitan and on March 3, 2017 Bryan Sheppard was sentenced to time served and released from prison.

About the Faculty: Cynthia L. Short led the Sheppard team which included a mitigation specialist, a forensic psychologist, a social geographer and criminologist who focused on the experience of punishment on the individual. Cyndy has asked Mary K .Poirier, Dr. Julie Urbanik, and Dr. Lori Sexton to join her as we work to unpack the investigation to reveal how the team persuaded the judge that Bryan Sheppard had been sufficiently punished and should be returned to the community.   

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