Antonio Nuñez

Antonio Nuñez became the only child in the country known to be sentenced to die in prison for his involvement, at age 14, in a single incident where no one was injured.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) documented 70 cases throughout the United States in which children 14 and younger have been condemned to die in prison, often without consideration of the child’s age or life history. In 2009, Bryan Stevenson argued at the United States Supreme Court that sentencing young teens to die in prison is cruel and unusual punishment, and in 2010, the Court struck down life-without-parole sentences for children convicted of nonhomicide offenses. As a result, Antonio was resentenced and now has a chance to earn release on parole.