Nebraska has joined a growing number of states that have decided the Miller v. Alabama decision, which struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for children, should apply retroactively to those who were sentenced prior to June 25, 2012, the date the decision was issued. More than two dozen individuals sentenced to die in prison as children in Nebraska are entitled to new, constitutional sentences.
The Nebraska Supreme Court issued the ruling today in State v. Castaneda, State v. Mantich and State v. Ramirez, which ruled unconstitutional the sentences of three Omaha men automatically sentenced as children to life without parole. The Court ordered the cases go back to district court for resentencing.
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February 7, 2014