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Court ruling does not affect state
Monday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court barring states from imposing mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles will not affect Oklahoma because no such statute exists here, authorities said.
“Oklahoma does not have a sentencing scheme that mandates a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles or adults in homicide cases,” said Diane Clay, spokeswoman for state Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “So today's decision should not impact any of the sentences received in the state of Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma County Public Defender Robert Ravitz agreed, saying “Oklahoma's statute is not mandatory, so the ruling does not affect anyone in Oklahoma.”
The high court ruled that it is unconstitutional for states to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Tim Willert, Staff Writer