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NC House to take up law for minors who murder

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ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill to get the state into compliance with a recent US Supreme Court decision regarding sentencing for minors convicted of murder.

Committee Chairman Republican Rep. Sarah Stevens says the bill will advance to the House floor Monday, with a Senate voted expected Tuesday.

The high court ruled that states cannot automatically give sentences of life without parole to minors. North Carolina is one of the nearly 30 states where life without parole is the only option for certain types of murder.

The ruling allows 88 convicts in North Carolina to appeal their sentences.

The new minimum sentence would be 25 years before a chance at parole. The bill was amended Monday to lessen convictions for non-premeditated murders.

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25 years?

I like 35 years more.

Wilmington Observer

I think the recent murder of

I think the recent murder of the delivery driver in Wilmington is a prime example of why some minors should be tried and sentenced as adults.

Killers should get instant death

Why not just put them to death - try them, convict them, take them outside and kill them - what is so difficult about that. Take a life - loose your life. Next thing they will be calling us racists for wanting to jail murderers..

Instant death

Were in that article you read something about being racist.Seem like the supreme court made a ruling about young defenders.Have you read articles about a person on death row but found to be innocent.No i am not against the death penalty.

Could be killed if parole!

Could be killed if parole!

if parole

Freedom you plan on killing someone?