Lawyer: New Mexico Man Serving De Facto Life Without Parole

Vermont law already prohibits juvenile life without parole

Lawmakers mandated a minimum sentence of at least 25 years for anyone convicted of first-degree murder for an offense committed as a juvenile.

The Ohio Supreme Court last year overturned a de facto sentence of 112 years for an inmate convicted of kidnapping, robbery and rape as a minor, ruling it cruel and unusual punishment. The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth says more than 100 former teen offenders are immediately affected.

For now, petitions for resentencing hearings are handled differently from county to county and even between judges in the same courthouse.

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Priester is one of 38 prison inmates who received life without parole as juveniles, according to information provided by the state Department of Corrections.

Flowers was resentenced earlier this year to two concurrent sentences of life with the possibility of parole, meaning he can seek parole after 30 years. They generally aren't eligible for that until they've served 40 years. A new bipartisan state task force on juvenile justice reform met for the first time in June, and the body could recommend changes to sentencing guidelines for young offenders. Last year, the court said the ruling was retroactive for the more than 2,000 offenders serving such sentences nationwide, and that all but the rare juvenile offender whose crime reflects "permanent incorrigibility" should have a chance at parole one day. The court's majority said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't address the consequences of multiple sentences. The case involves Jacob Lee Davis, who was an 18-year-old senior in high school when he shot and killed a man his then-girlfriend was dating. If it's not, the trial court must vacate his conviction and instead find him guilty of second-degree murder, which is punishable either by 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison.

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