- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a man serving two life sentences for killings committed during a holdup when he was 16 years old isn’t entitled to a new hearing on his sentence.

Now-40-year-old Travis Wade Amaral’s appeal contended he’s entitled to consideration of advances in neurology and psychology that are known now but weren’t when he was sentenced in 1993 in Yuma County Superior Court.

However, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Yuma County Superior Court judge did consider circumstances of Amaral’s youth and that Amaral didn’t identify newly discovered facts that probably would have altered his sentence.

Amaral must serve at least 55 years in prison for his murder and armed robbery convictions and won’t be eligible for parole until he’s 71 years old.

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