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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Backs Illinois Position On Juvenile Life Terms

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About 100 convicted Illinois murderers sentenced as teenagers to life without parole are assured of resentencing after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday.

The high court ruled that its 2012 opinion barring automatic life terms for young offenders is retroactive.

The Illinois Supreme Court decreed the same thing two years ago.

Heidi Lambros, of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, says sentencing in two Illinois cases  already has been reconsidered.

Addolfo Davis, the defendant in a 2014 Illinois case, was resentenced to life in prison. Lambros says the defendant in the other was released after serving 30 years.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, involving a 17-year-old Louisiana man who shot a sheriff's deputy in 1963, solidifies the Illinois position.

Lambros says the other Illinois cases will be scheduled for court hearings.