PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Attorneys for 51-year-old Ricky Lee Olds are asking a local judge to reconsider his sentence.
Old was convicted at the age of 14 for a homicide that happened during a North Side robbery.
Another teen pulled the trigger, not Olds. He was sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole. The Supreme Court has since ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, which opens the door for Olds to be released after 37 years behind bars.
“We feel that the only justice is for Ricky to be released now,” said defense attorney Wendy Williams.
Last week Judge David Cashman re-sentenced Olds to 20 years to life, making him eligible for parole. The judge gave Olds bond, pending appeal, and it looked like he would be released for Thanksgiving.
Then, the judge vacated the order and Olds remains behind bars. His attorneys hope two new motions filed Monday will get him out sooner rather than later.
“We filed a motion in Superior Court asking them to order the same bond that Judge Cashman did,” Williams said. “Why should we have to wait for a parole board? A board that could take three, four or five months. Something could happen to Ricky. Something could happen to his mother. She is 80 years old”