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NH teen killers to get sentence reviews after state Supreme Court decision
In its Miller v. Alabama ruling in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed mandatory life prison sentences without chance of parole for defendants 17 and younger, saying the sentencing scheme violates the Eighth Amendment’s protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The court described juveniles as “constitutionally different from adults” in terms of sentencing.
“The states are all over the place on this,” said Manchester attorney Andrew Schulman, who represented Soto.
Levick estimated 2,100 juvenile offenders are serving mandatory life without parole prison terms nationwide.
Woodcock said it’s possible the courts would impose the same sentence, even after a sentencing hearing. It’s also possible a defendant could get a lesser sentence.
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