LITTLE ROCK, AR- The Arkansas Supreme Court has changed the rules for sentencing juveniles convicted of capital murder.
Today's decision is in line with a United States Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Prior to today's ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court had looked into the sentencing of Kuntrell Jackson'sand asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to review his sentence.
Jackson had been convicted of murder as a 14-year-old in 1999, the Arkansas Supreme Court originally affirmed the Jefferson County Circuit Court's sentence of life without parole.
Jackson will now be resentenced in Mississippi County, where he faces no less than 10 and no more than 40 years or life in prison.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has now changed language in the Capital Murder Punishment Statute to not include juveniles in rules that result in mandatory life sentences or the death penalty.
The sentencing of juvenile offender Lemuel Whiteside will be also be altered as a result of this ruling.
Whiteside was convicted of capital murder and aggravated robbery after the shooting death of James London in 2009.