Arkansas High Court Orders Resentencing For Juvenile offender

Mar 31, 2016

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a circuit court to continue with the resentencing of a man convicted of murder as a juvenile.

The court issued its order Thursday lifting a stay in Ulonzo Gordon's resentencing. The Arkansas Attorney General's Office had asked for the original stay so it could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier this month the U.S. high court declined to hear the state's petition. The court previously ruled in a separate case that its bar on juvenile life without parole sentences should be applied retroactively.

The state asked for a continued stay so the Arkansas Legislature could retroactively deal with the more than 50 Arkansas inmates convicted as juveniles and serving life sentences without parole. The Arkansas Supreme Court denied the request without comment.