Oklahoma governor to decide on juvenile life sentencing bill
May 4, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma measure awaits Gov. Mary Fallin's signature that would allow only judges, not juries, to sentence juveniles to life imprisonment without parole for murder.
Lawmakers introduced the measure because of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that practically eliminated mandatory life without parole sentences for offenders who are accused of killing when they were 17 or younger, The Oklahoman reported.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in 2016 ruled that two juveniles needed to be resentenced because of those decisions. Prosecutors have been waiting on guidelines f...