- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has ordered trial judges to hold evidentiary hearings on whether two inmates serving life prison terms must be resentenced for murder convictions for separate Tucson killings committed in the 1990s when they were juveniles.

The state high court’s decision Friday says hearings are needed on whether the crimes of Gregory Nidez Valencia Jr. and Joey Lee Healer reflected “transient immaturity” rather than incorrigibility.

The two men are seeking new sentencings based on a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision. It said mandatory life-without-parole sentences imposed on juveniles are unconstitutional unless the offenses indicate permanent incorrigibility.

Valencia was one of two teens convicted of killing a neighborhood activist who talking about calling police about a bicycle theft.

Healer was convicted of killing a man for his truck.


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