Listen Now ButtonListen Live Now!

Mailing List ButtonSign up for our Mailing List!

9-24-16 Delaware State

Missouri Senate discusses plan to change punishment for children who murder

Local

Missouri Senate discusses plan to change punishment for children who murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill that addresses issues with a state law requiring lifetime prison sentences for people younger than 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder. The Senate in a voice vote Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that authorizes less severe punishments. It needs another vote […]

Missouri Senate discusses plan to change punishment for children who murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri lawmakers have advanced a bill that addresses issues with a state law requiring lifetime prison sentences for people younger than 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder.

The Senate in a voice vote Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that authorizes less severe punishments. It needs another vote to go to the House.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled mandatory life sentences for minors are unconstitutional.

A bill by Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, would give jurors the option of life without parole or at least 35 years for youths under 16 who are convicted of first-degree murder. Those ages 16 to 18 could be sentenced either to life without parole or at least 50 years in prison.

Share:
  • googleplus
  • linkedin
  • tumblr
  • rss
  • pinterest
  • mail

By Colin Jeffery

There are 0 comments

Leave a comment

Want to express your opinion?
Leave a reply!

Error, no group ID set! Check your syntax!