SCOTUS curbed life without-parole for juveniles, but MN Supreme Court finds “consecutive sentences exception” 

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In 2010, at the age of 16, Mahdi Hassan Ali committed a terrible crime in Minneapolis. During the course of a store robbery, Ali shot and killed three people. He was tried as an adult, and a jury found him guilty of two counts of felony murder and one count of first-degree murder. On the felony murder convictions, the Hennepin County District Court sentenced Ali to two consecutive life sentences with the possibility of release on each after 30 years; on the first-degree murder conviction, Ali was sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
In 2012, after Ali had been sentenced, the United States Supreme Court in Miller vs. Alabama ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishments” bars juvenile offenders like Ali from being sentenced to mandatory life sentences without opportunities for parole.



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