- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DRAPER, Utah (AP) - A convicted Utah teenage robber is scheduled to be released from prison on Wednesday so he can graduate with his high school class.

The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday granted parole to 17-year-old Cooper Van Huizen of South Ogden after he pleaded for a chance to graduate.

Earlier this year, he was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty in adult court to two second-degree felony robbery charges.

But he and his parents fought the sentence for the November 2013 robbery at a Roy home, saying they didn’t receive solid legal advice from past defense attorneys.

The teen said they lead him to believe a plea deal would allow him to serve time in jail so he could leave each weekday for school.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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