Life Sentence Tossed For Arkansas Man Convicted As Juvenile

Apr 9, 2015

Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court has overturned the life without parole prison sentence of a man who was a juvenile when he was convicted of attempted capital murder.

The court on Thursday overturned the sentence given to Steven Wayne Bramlett and sent the case back to circuit court.

The 54-year-old Bramlett was 17 when he committed the crime. He was sentenced after pleading guilty in 1979 in Pope County.

The court agreed with Bramlett's argument that the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited life without parole sentences for juvenile's who are convicted of a crime that is not a homicide.