NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's Supreme Court is considering whether recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings about juveniles convicted of murder mean a juvenile robber's 99-year sentence is unconstitutional.
Alden Morgan is now 35. He was 17 years old when he held up a couple with their baby daughter.
The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2cZLyUz ) reports that several justices noted that his punishment is much higher than the nation's highest court would have allowed for second-degree murder.
The U.S. Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional to execute juveniles, to give them life sentences for most crimes, and — except in rare cases — to deny them a chance at parole for most killings.
Morgan's case appears to be the first time that Louisiana's high court has considered how those rulings may affect sentences for lesser offenses.
Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com