Supreme Court: Teen Murderers Must Get Parole Chance | James Vicini | 6/25/12

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English: View of Capitol Hill from the U.S. Supreme Court Česky: Pohled na Kapitol z budovy Nejvyššího soudu Spojených států (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled, by a 5-4 vote, unconstitutional mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole for people under age 18 when they committed murder in a ruling that could affect nearly 2,500 young prisoners.


  • In the Alabama case, Evan Miller was convicted of murder. A 52-year-old neighbor was smoking marijuana and drinking with Miller and a 16-year-old boy. The two youths robbed the neighbor, beat him with a baseball bat and then set fire to his trailer, causing him to burn to death. See Miller v. Alabama, 10-9646.
  • In the Arkansas case, Kuntrell Jackson received a sentence of life in prison in the shooting death of a video store clerk during an attempted robbery with two other teenagers in 1999. Another boy shot the clerk, and Jackson was convicted for his role as an accomplice. See Jackson v. Hobbs, 10-9647

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