A bill that would outlaw automatic life sentences without parole for convicted killers under 18 will be heard on the House floor today.
Under the bill -- which comes in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling -- youth convicted of premeditated murders would have the option of life without parole or life with parole for a minimum of 25 years. Those charged with felony murders would only have the option of life with parole for a minimum of 25 years. The bill was approved at a judiciary subcommittee this morning.
Rep. Alice Borsden, a Democrat from Alamance County, supported the bill. "By virtue of age, 13, 14 and 15-year-olds should not be subject to mandatory life in prison before actually having a life," Borsden said.
--Staff writer Rosella Age