Arkansas Court To Hear Case On Past Juvenile Life Sentences

Apr 14, 2015

The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments this week for two inmates sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles.

If they prevail, the attorney for James Grubbs and Aaron Hodge says, that would mean all 56 Arkansas inmates convicted for crimes committed as juveniles who are serving mandatory life without parole would have to be resentenced.

The arguments Thursday will come the same week Kuntrell Jackson, who was already resentenced after a U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles, becomes eligible for a parole hearing. Jackson was 14 when he was convicted of capital murder for his role in the slaying of a video store clerk during a robbery. Corrections officials said a parole hearing has not been scheduled for him.