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‘De facto’ LWOP sentence for juveniles prohibited (access required)

  Sentencing a juvenile to a de facto life without parole sentence may run afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled, saying that a prison sentence that provided the defendant no opportunity for release for at least 50 years was unconstitutional. When James Ryan Kelliher was 17 he took ...

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