New sentencing for Ark. inmate given life as teen

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' highest court says a man sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 14 years old deserves a new sentencing hearing.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing hearing for Kuntrell Jackson, whose case was 1 of 2 that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year throwing out mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles.

The Arkansas Supreme Court says Jackson may present evidence about his age and the nature of the crime at the hearing.

Jackson was sentenced to life in prison after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999. Another boy shot the clerk, but Jackson was present, and so he was convicted of capital murder and aggravated robbery.

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