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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Eighth Amendment – Juvenile Offender – Felony Murder – Parole Possibility (access required)

State v. Jefferson (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-068-17, 17 pp.) (Robert Hunter Jr., J.) (Wanda Bryant, J., concurring in the result only) Appealed from Rockingham County Superior Court (Stanley Allen, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Although G.S. § 15A-1340.19B(a)(1) mandates a life sentence for felony murder –even for juvenile offenders – since the statute also provides the possibility ...

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