Nov 7, 2013 2:09 PM by Tina Macias
Hundreds of Louisiana teen killers already in prison must spend the rest of their life there, despite last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned automatic life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.
The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled 5-2 this week that the decision only applies to teens who kill after the high court's ruling. They noted that the U.S. Supreme Court did not completely ban life without parole for teen killers, but only outlawed it as an automatic sentence.
Some 275 Louisianans were under 18 when they committed murder and received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Twenty are from Acadiana -- six from Lafayette, three from St. Mary, one from Evangeline and two each from Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion. To see a list of Acadiana teen killers click here.
Many filed motions to have their sentences overturned after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole sentences for killers under 18 is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment. Those hearings were on hold until this week's decision.
To read the full court decision click here.