Court weighs fairness of life sentence for teenage killer
Posted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday
RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia man handed life in prison without parole for his conviction as a teenager in the killing of his boss is seeking relief after a recent Supreme Court ruling.
At issue in Jason Clem's case is whether Virginia law mandates life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in capital murder cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life terms with no chance of parole for teenage killers in 2012. The court recently ruled that those convicted long ago must be considered for parole or resentenced.
Clem's attorney told a federal appeals court Tuesday his client, age 16 at the time of the killing, should be resentenced because life without parole is the only option for juveniles convicted of capital murder under Virginia law.
Clem was convicted in 2005 of killing Robert Lacy Jr.