Lawyers: Life-Without-Parole Decision Affects Minnesota Cases
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Attorneys say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling likely means a Minnesota man sentenced to life without parole for raping and killing a Woodbury girl when he was 17 will get hearing on whether his sentence should be reduced.
The Supreme Court on Monday made retroactive a ruling from 2012 that struck down automatic life sentences with no possibility of parole for juveniles who kill.
Assistant State Public Defender Steven Russett says Monday's decision appears to require that Tony Roman Nose and several other Minnesota defendants be re-sentenced. Russett represented Roman Nose in his earlier, unsuccessful appeals.
Fred Fink, chief of the criminal division in the Washington County attorney's office, agrees the decision will affect the Minnesota cases. But he says he highly doubts Roman Nose will go free anytime soon.