We understand that your honor has the ability to strengthen a sentence made under a plea bargain, and that Criminal Division judges are not bound by the agreement when deciding and rendering sentences.
The confession made by Justin Robinson during allocution is that of a cold-blooded, calculated murder, and not that of aggravated manslaughter.
We respectfully ask that your honor uses his discretion and allow the town of Clayton - indeed all of the citizens of Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem Counties and the great state of New Jersey - to be protected from this defendant beyond the 17year sentence.
We understand the ramifications of this action, but also understand that every standard has an exception and this case is it.
We plead that your honor remembers Autumn's innocence as she was lured to that house by someone she knew and trusted as a school-mate, teammate of her brother and neighbor. Please remember the fear she must have endured and the pain of her family in that realization. Remember the actions taken after her death to dispose of her in a way that could only cause more pain to those that loved her. Please, your honor, remember her smile and the joy she can no longer bring to her family. Remember that Autumn will not have the opportunity to live her life, to one day have a family or to contribute to her community. Her father will not be able to watch her walk down the isle at her wedding. Her brother and little sister will never again hear her laughter. All the while this defendent will be given these same opportunities as he will walk out at 30yrs old with his life in front of him.
Please, your honor - Give Autumn's death a shade of meaning - in that she may be the reason other lives are saved from her fate by the hands of this defendant.
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