La Supreme Court considers teen robber's 99-year sentence

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Posted: Sep 18, 2016 4:10 PM

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.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com