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Delonde Pleasant back in Franklin County Court

Delonde Pleasant back in Franklin County Court

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PASCO-- Delonde Pleasant, the man convicted of beating and killing his girlfriend, Juanita Montelongo back in March of 2002 was back in a Franklin County Court Room Friday. Pleasant, who is appealing his 25 and half year sentence  says he can no longer afford his attorney and needs a court appointed lawyer.
   Douglass Phelps, Pleasant's attorney agreed to stay on the case but Franklin County needs to approve it.
  A judge gave him the excessive 25 1/2 sentence due to the violent nature of the second degree manslaughter.  New law states that if a sentence is going to be excessive, as the standard sentence for such a crime is 6 1/2- 8 1/8 years, a jury must find the crime excessive as well.
  Pleasant's is appealing the judge's sentencing, so a jury panel must be formed to decide if his crime was indeed excessive.
    The hearing to chose a jury is scheduled for August 12th.

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