Life in Prison Following Juvenile Case Review

Today Juan Daniel Figueroa, 34, was resentenced to life in prison, following a juvenile case
review, for the murder of a man in Lehigh Acres. On July 16, 2002, Figueroa’s 17th birthday, he
enlisted in the armed services. Hours later he shot and killed a man during an attempted armed
robbery outside of a pool hall.

In 2006, Figueroa was found guilty at trial of First Degree Felony Murder and Attempted
Robbery with a Firearm. A resentencing proceeding was held due to the 2012 United States
Supreme Court case Miller v. Alabama which required trial courts throughout the United States
to review all juvenile life sentences.

The resentencing hearing for the defendant was held in March in Lee County with the State
presenting evidence to support keeping the original sentence of life in prison.

The defendant’s resentencing today includes a 25-year review of the sentence, mandated under
law, if requested.

Assistant State Attorneys Danielle Butler and Agnieszka Osowicka handled the review.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office
239-533-1125
ssyoen@sao.cjis20.org