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NC legislators seek to comply with federal ruling

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ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina House members are trying to use the last days of the legislative session to comply with The US Supreme Court decision striking down automatic life sentences without parole for youths convicted of murder.

A bill in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday seeks to get North Carolina into compliance with the federal ruling. It would require minors convicted of murder to serve a 25-year minimum sentence before parole. North Carolina is one of the nearly 30 states that make life without parole the mandatory sentence for youths who commit certain types of murder.

Legislators say they want to tweak the law because of the 88 people in state prisons that the federal law would retroactively affect.

House members created a subcommittee to work on the idea this weekend.

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