PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state is violating the U.S. Constitution when it sentences juvenile offenders to life in prison without considering their youth.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the court in its 2-1 ruling Wednesday found that the state is in conflict with the Eighth Amendment when juveniles convicted of aggravated murder are sentenced without taking into account that youth offenders are developmentally different than adults convicted of the same crime.
The ruling stems from the case of Justin Link, who was convicted of aggravated murder for the March 2001 death of Barbara Thomas.
Link was sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison.
The appeals court has vacated that sentence. Link is set to be resentenced.