Appeals court sends manslaughter conviction back for resentencing

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WHITE PLAINS – A man, who pled guilty to manslaughter in Westchester County and was sentenced as an adult, has won an appeal to be resentenced.
Charles Watson was sentenced as an adult after his plea on October 15, 2009. He appealed, claiming the court should have considered him a youthful offender.
The Appellate Division now has vacated his sentence and sent the matter back to Westchester County Supreme Court for resentencing after a determination as to whether Watson should be afforded youthful offender treatment.
The appeals court decision noted the lower court conceded Watson was eligible for youthful offender treatment “and the record does not demonstrate that the Supreme Court considered whether the defendant should be afforded such treatment.” As a result, his sentence “must be vacated and the matter remitted to the Supreme Court, Westchester County, for resentencing after a determination as to whether the defendant should be afforded youthful offender treatment,” the Appellate Court decision stated.