September 17, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court says life in
prison without parole isn't an excessive sentence for a teen
convicted of killing a Las Vegas furniture store manager in a
The Las Vegas Sun reports that attorneys for Thayer Joseph Burton Jr. argued that a life sentence for someone who was 17 at the time of the slaying amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and should be reduced.
Burton's now 21. He was convicted in 2009 in the November 2007
pistol-whipping and shooting death of Robert Bills.
Burton's attorneys suggested the U.S. Supreme Court is
approaching a ruling that a life term without parole for a juvenile
is cruel and unusual punishment.
But the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Friday that Burton's sentence
falls within lawful limits.
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