New Law Doesn’t Undo Life Sentences in Wyo.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawyers for the state and the American Civil Liberties Union say it’s possible that some of the half dozen or so inmates already serving life sentences for crimes that happened when they were juveniles may ask the courts to reconsider their cases.
Gov. Matt Mead recently signed a bill into law that specifies that juveniles convicted of murder would be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in prison. The new law will go into effect July 1.
Deputy Attorney General Dave Delicath tells the Associated Press the law isn’t retroactive. However, Delicath says it’s possible the convicts serving life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles may petition the courts to reconsider their sentences in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued last year.