High Court overturns sentence for Arkansan convicted as juvenile
WASHINGTON, DC —
A divided U.S. Supreme Court today threw out Arkansas' sentencing law that mandated life without parole for juveniles convicted of capitol murder.
In a 5-4 decision, the Justices said that mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eight Amendment's prohibition on "cruel and unusual punishment."
In 2003, an Arkansas jury convicted Kuntrell Jackson of capital murder and he received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.