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Supreme court decides no life in prison without parole for juveniles

Amarillo, TX - More than two dozen Texas prisoners could get a new sentence after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that offenders under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without a possibility of parole.

Because of this decision, juveniles in prison with that sentence could possibly become eligible for parole.

There are currently 27 inmates in Texas prisons convicted of capital murder who are serving life without parole.

Area prosecutor James Farren says decisions should be made based on the facts of the case not the age of the defendant.

"I have known 15 year olds who were going on 40 that street wise they were older than I was and I have known 40 year old in the criminal justice system who were more like a 15 year old. You have to evaluate every case on the facts and the evidence of the case," said Farren.

Governor Rick Perry's office says they are working with the Attorney General, Board of Pardon and Paroles, prosecutors and the Department of Criminal Justice to see who the ruling affects and what step they should take next.

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