14 juvenile lifers resentenced in DE cases

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In light of Supreme Court decisions banning life without parole for juvenile offenders, dozens of Colorado prisoners who committed crimes as minors could be eligible for release, but only one has been freed.

Life without parole also remains an option for juveniles who commit murder in DE, but they are entitled to petition for a sentence review after serving 30 years. That figure includes three inmates who had death sentences changed to life without parole after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 banned capital punishment for offenders under 18.

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Based on that argument, California passed a law in 2012 allowing juvenile lifers to ask a judge for reduced sentences of 25 years to life with the possibility of parole.

Offenders given true-life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles have gained a glimmer of hope they might someday be released. Jay Nixon, a range of terms is now available in first-degree murder cases involving juveniles: life without parole, life with parole eligibility, or a sentence of 30 to 40 years. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is pending. Both were initially sentenced to mandatory life without parole.

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Bryant has filed a petition challenging his life-without-parole sentence. The other four will be resentenced by judges in the counties where the crimes occurred. The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth says more than 100 former teen offenders are immediately affected. If it's not, the trial court must vacate his conviction and instead find him guilty of second-degree murder, which is punishable either by 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison.

Records show Ira is among 103 New Mexico inmates sentenced to 20 years or more for crimes they committed as juveniles. The court's majority said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't address the consequences of multiple sentences.

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