New Teen Sentence Likely in MS
The only Mississippi cases likely to be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's new juvenile sentencing ruling are those capital murder cases where a defendant under the age of 18 was sentenced to life without parole as an automatic sentence. That's according to Attorney General Jim Hood.
On Monday, the Supreme Court threw out mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles. The decision left open the possibility that individual judges could sentence juveniles to life without parole in individual cases of murder, but said state and federal laws cannot automatically impose such a sentence.
Corrections officials initially said fifty-six inmates were in custody who were sentenced when they were 18 or younger but now say some inmates had multiple counts and the number is forty-six serving capital murder sentences.