Jose’s Plea Deal — 44 Days to Determine the Rest of his Life


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In October/November 2012 Jose Quiroz was given 44 days to make the most important decision of his life. He had been offered a plea deal, by Elkhart Prosecutor Curtis Hill, that would see him serve 45 years in prison for the murder of his friend, even though Jose has never killed anyone. He was 16-years-old at the time. He had just committed a burglary, witnessed the death of his friend and been charged with murder. He was adapting to life in adult prison without his mom and regular support network. He was being advised by a public defender he did not know. Jose was not given the time to determine if he trusted the public defender who was assigned to help him navigate the Indiana legal system. Jose did not have the necessary support or time to fully understand the consequences or ramifications of this plea deal. This is the story of…

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