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State Supreme Court Upholds Sentences for Teens

Juveniles already serving a life sentence will not see a reduction after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that prisoners in Pennsylvania who committed murder as teenagers will not get a chance for a lighter sentence.

The decision was handed down in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which barred automatic life sentences without parole for juvenile killers.

Pennsylvania justices say the decision is not retroactive to prisoners convicted of murder before the federal decision.

“Certainly going forward we want to make certain that we are following the law that their constitutional  rights are protected but that the community is safe and that we have the option of keeping dangerous criminals away from good law abiding citizens,” said Jackie Bernard, Blair County Deputy District Attorney.

Now juveniles convicted of first-degree murder no longer face an automatic life sentence. It will be up to the court to determine the sentence.
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