Decision Commonwealth v. Lugo

Date: 04/24/2019
Organization: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Commonwealth v. Lugo
Supreme Judicial Court, April 24, 2019

 Reaffirming their decision in Commonwealth v. Okoro, 471 Mass. 51, 62 (2015), that a mandatory life sentence with parole eligibility after fifteen years for a juvenile homicide offender convicted of murder in the second degree is constitutional, the Court again left for another day the question whether juvenile homicide offenders require individualized sentencing.

 “We are unpersuaded that the law and science are firmly established to warrant further consideration at this time. “

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