- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Supreme Court justices will decide whether two inmates serving life prison terms will be resentenced for murder convictions for separate Tucson killings committed in the 1990s when they were juveniles.

The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it will review a state Court of Appeal ruling in the cases of Gregory Nidez Valencia Jr. and Joey Lee Healer.

The Court of Appeals ruling in January said Valencia and Healer are retroactively entitled to new sentencings because of a January U.S. Supreme Court decision. That decision said natural-life 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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