NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager is facing a re-sentencing hearing this week in New Hampshire.
Eduardo Lopez Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting a man while trying to steal his car in Nashua in 1993. He was 17.
Under a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the 43-year-old Lopez is getting a chance at eventual release. His two-day hearing in Nashua starts Wednesday.
There’re been no changes to New Hampshire law regarding juvenile offenders following the Supreme Court rulings. Juveniles can still be certified to stand trial as adults, but they will no longer automatically be sentenced to life without parole for crimes that carry that sentence.
New Hampshire Public Radio reports defense lawyers are asking that Lopez be released within the year. The state wants him to serve another 25 years.
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