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Judge Contini's recusal leads to retrial for convicted armed robber facing life sentence

Judge Contini's recusal leads to retrial for convicted armed robber facing life sentence

A repeat offender facing life in prison after a robbery conviction in March was granted a new trial after the judge who presided over the last trial took himself off the case before sentencing. Mario Sheriff, 24, was convicted on March 6 of armed robbery, burglary with assault and battery and aggravated battery. Because of prior robbery convictions on his record, Sheriff faced a mandatory life sentence. But lawyers on both sides said Broward Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini was reluctant to impose a life sentence on such a young defendant. The Broward State Attorney's Office has accused Contini of playing favorites with defendants. In late March, after Contini sent an e-mail...

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