Ruiz v. State, 242 So. 3d 1204 (2018)

May 4, 2018 · District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District · Case No. 5D17–2877
242 So. 3d 1204

Alberto RUIZ, Appellant,
STATE of Florida, Appellee.

Case No. 5D17-2877

District Court of Appeal of Florida, Fifth District.

Opinion filed May 4, 2018

James S. Purdy, Public Defender, and Brittany N. O'Neil, Assistant Public Defender, Daytona Beach, for Appellant.

Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, Tallahassee, and Pamela J. Koller, Assistant Attorney General, Daytona Beach, for Appellee.


Alberto Ruiz appeals the partial denial of his motion to correct sentence filed under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.800(a).1 Ruiz, who was seventeen years old at the time of his offense, entered an open plea to sexual battery and was sentenced to forty years in prison, followed by a lifetime of sex offender probation. In his rule 3.800(a) motion, Ruiz argued that he was entitled to a full resentencing hearing and judicial review of his sentence. The trial court granted Ruiz's motion in part, amending the sentencing documents to allow for a juvenile sentence review hearing, but denying Ruiz a new resentencing hearing.

In Davis v. State, 230 So.3d 487 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017), this Court held that the trial court erred when it modified a juvenile defendant's sentence to allow for a review *1205hearing without also holding a resentencing hearing under sections 775.082, 921.1401 and 921.1402, Florida Statutes (2014). Accord Katwaroo v. State, 237 So.3d 446 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018) (stating same). Ruiz's situation is identical. Accordingly, we affirm the trial court's order amending the sentence to provide for a review hearing, but reverse and remand to allow the court to conduct a full resentencing hearing.

AFFIRMED in part; REVERSED in part; and REMANDED.

COHEN, C.J. and ORFINGER, J., concur.

BERGER, J., concurring specially with opinion.

Berger, J., concurring specially.

I concur based on this Court's decision in Davis v. State, 230 So.3d 487, 488 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017). However, were I writing on a clean slate, I would affirm. In my view, Ruiz is not entitled to resentencing under Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48, 130 S.Ct. 2011, 176 L.Ed.2d 825 (2010), or Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460, 132 S.Ct. 2455, 183 L.Ed.2d 407 (2012), because his forty-year sentence is not a de facto life sentence. See Davis v. State, 214 So.3d 799, 799-800 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017).