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February 7, 2011

Nebraska considering bills for sentences less than LWOP for juve murderers

As detailed in this local article, which is headlined "Nebraska bills seek to ease sentencing for young killers,"  the one state with one legislative body is considering two different bills concerning sentencing for juve murderers.  Here are the basics:

The Judiciary Committee is considering two bills by Omaha Sen. Brenda Council that would ease sentencing guidelines for young people convicted of murder.

One (LB203) would eliminate the sentence of life in prison for those 18 and younger. For those between 16 and 18 at the time the murder is committed, the maximum sentence would be 50 years in prison. For those younger than 16, the maximum would be 40 years.

Council's second bill (LB202) would permit those 18 and younger sentenced to life without the possibility of parole to petition for a re-sentencing hearing to seek the possibility of parole under certain conditions.

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What is the minimum amount of time you must serve in Nebraska before you come up for early release? If it's like Texas that 50 year sentence can mean just 10 or 20 years before the first chance before the parole board.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Feb 7, 2011 12:39:56 PM

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