In a good news story from Florida, a 37-year-old man who was initially charged with a “Romeo-and-Juliet” offense when he was 20, has had his sentence commuted. Florida’s governor and cabinet granted conditional release to Carlos Manuel Delgado – more than 13 years before his sentence was to end.
In a rare action, Florida’s top elected officials voted Tuesday to commute Delgado’s sentence and allow him to go free. This is only the fourth sentence commuted in the last five years, according to state records.
Delgado will have to spend six months in a halfway house and complete six months probation, and if he completes that time offense-free, officials say they plan to grant him a full pardon. That would relieve him of the obligation to register as a sex offender. How many others are on Florida’s sex offender registry for similar offenses?
Read the full story from the Bradenton Herald.