Moulton deadly robbery case set for U.S. Supreme Court review

Juvenile 'life without parole' case goes to SCOTUS

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Evan James Miller was sentenced to life without parole when he was a teenager. Evan James Miller was sentenced to life without parole when he was a teenager.
MOULTON, AL (AP) -

Lawyers for an Alabama man sentenced to life without parole when he was a teenager for a deadly robbery will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the punishment too harsh for a juvenile.

Evan James Miller was 14 when authorities say he beat 52-year-old Cole C. Cannon and left him to die in a burning trailer so that the teen could steal Cannon's baseball card collection and $350.

The incident occurred in Lawrence County.

Miller was convicted in 2006, shortly after Colby A. Smith, who was 19 at the time, pleaded guilty to felony murder. Smith was with Miller at the time of the incident, prosecutors said.

The case goes for the nation's highest court Tuesday, along with a similar case from Arkansas. 

Miller's attorneys say he was sent to prison with no debate over his age or his troubled youth.

Alabama officials say the state should have the ability to dole out harsh punishment to anyone who commits a violent murder.

 


 

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