Supreme Court ruling allows convicted teen killers to have a chance at parole

Supreme Court ruling allows convicted teen killers to have a chance at parole

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The US Supreme court handed down a ruling Monday that could impact more than 200 prisoners in Louisiana.

The cases involve prisoners who committed murders as minors and were sentenced to life in prison. A previous court ruling barred automatic life sentencing for future cases. The Supreme Court decided that prisoners already convicted as teens will also get a chance at parole.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney says he is disappointed in the ruling.

"Basically, I now have 16 new murder cases as of today that I have to go back to. And they're very old murder cases that there are probably no witnesses or evidence now that I have to go back and relitigate some part of that," said Moore.

One of those cases includes a man convicted of killing an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy. He was a teenager when it happened in 1963,

We'll have a closer look at the Supreme Court's decision and its impact in Baton Rouge on 9News at 10.

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