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Juvenile Sentencing Revised

March 1, 2013 State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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Juveniles sentenced to life prison terms in Wyoming may be able to have their circumstances reviewed and be given parole under a new act passed by the state legislature this year.  Teton County Representative Keith Gingery says the bill actually resulted from a federal ruling that juveniles could no longer be sentenced to life with no hope of parole.  Gingery explains that the state statute was changed so that a juvenile convicted to life would be eligible for parole after 25 years – or the governor can commute the youth’s sentence to a term of years if he so chooses.  Says Gingery; “We altered that to be in compliance with the new US Supreme Court Ruling.”  Under the new law, however, those sentenced before its passage are not entitled to the review.  The new law will go into effect July first.

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