- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering Arizona courts to reconsider life sentences with no chance of parole for five inmates who were convicted of murder for crimes they committed before they turned 18.

The court on Monday said the state judges did not pay sufficient attention to high court rulings that held that life sentences for young killers should be imposed only rarely.

The state courts ruled in all five Arizona cases before the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on juvenile sentences in January.

The five cases stem from killings in Maricopa County in the 1990s. The cases involve inmates Bobby Purcell, Bobby Tatum, Jonathan Arias, William Najar and Scott DeShaw.

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented from Monday’s order.


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