BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has indicted a 16-year-old boy in the July 24 shooting death of a 42-year-old man.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/UkMD7R ) the grand jury charged the teen with second-degree murder in the death of James Ray Mimms.
A second-degree murder conviction in Louisiana carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without benefit of probation, parole or sentence suspension, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that states cannot automatically impose life terms without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases.
The high court said judges must consider the defendant's youth and the nature of the crime before putting him behind bars with no hope for parole.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com
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9/20/2012 5:48:34 AM (GMT -5:00)