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Man waits for shot at freedom 2 years after landmark ruling

4 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, January 25 2018 Jan 25, 2018 January 25, 2018 8:42 AM January 25, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
  
BATON ROUGE- A landmark ruling by the nation's highest court gave Henry Montgomery his first chance at freedom after nearly a half-century behind bars. Two years later, the 71-year-old Louisiana man is still waiting for a parole hearing that could set him free.
  
Thursday is the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Montgomery's favor. The decision enabled roughly 2,000 inmates to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences as juveniles.
  
Louisiana's parole board was scheduled to hear Montgomery's case on Dec. 14 but postponed the hearing until Feb. 19.
  
Montgomery was 17 when he killed a sheriff's deputy in 1963.
  
The Supreme Court decided in 2012 that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional "cruel and unusual" punishment. The justices made their decision retroactive in Montgomery's case.

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