Mr. Eustache was sentenced under Florida’s youthful offender law to four years in
prison followed by two years of probation for armed robbery. At age 24, he was accused
of violating his probation. It was revoked and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison
with a 10-year minimum mandatory provision included, a provision that had not applied
to him when he was sentenced as a youthful offender. The Fourth District Court of
Appeal upheld the sentence but also certified a conflict with a decision by the Fifth
District Court of Appeal in a similar case and asked this Court to review the issue of
applying minimum mandatory provisions in such cases as one of great public

Click on the links below to watch more oral arguments from 10/4/17:

Rafael Andres v. State, SC15-1095

James Guzman v. State, SC16-1711

Barbara J. Pariente C. Alan Lawson Charles T. Canady David Luck Florida Supreme Court Jorge Labarga juvenile justice mandatory minimum sentences Peggy A. Quince probation/probation officers R. Fred Lewis Rachael Kaiman Ricky Polston robbery/burglary/theft