Tuesday, April 27, 2021
In Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court held "that mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on 'cruel and unusual punishments.'" The case that led to that ruling was the case of Evan Miller, who, at age 14 at the time of his offense, was "the youngest child ever sentenced to life without parole in the state of Alabama." The Miller opinion has led to resentencing hearings for juveniles sentenced to life without parole, including a resentencing hearing for Miller that was held today.
At that hearing,
Judge Mark Craig... re-sentenced Miller to life without parole for his capital murder conviction in the 2003 brutal slaying of Cole Cannon. The hearing was held via Zoom with Miller appearing remotely from prison due to COVID-19 restrictions.