FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The Crawford County prosecuting attorney says a man convicted of murder when he was a minor and sentenced to life without parole would likely be given a new sentencing hearing if he asks for one.
Prosecutor Marc McCune told the Times Record that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole for people under 18 are unconstitutional likely means Tony Alan Ray would be given a new sentencing hearing on request.
Ray was 16 when he shot Lisa Lewis in Van Buren in 1997. He told investigators that he shot Lewis because he thought she was reaching for a gun then testified at trial that a co-defendant - who was 19 - fired the fatal shots.
Both were convicted and sentenced to life without parole.