The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday again addressed the issue of teenagers sentenced to life without parole.
Trevelle Taylor was 17 in 2009 when he shot and killed Justin Gaines in an Omaha gang-related dispute. In 2010, Taylor was convicted as an adult of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. While the words "life without parole" don't appear in his sentence, the judge set no discharge date for Taylor "until the Pardons Board of the State of Nebraska commutes the sentence or offers a specific term of years."
His attorney argued that amounts to life without parole. The Nebraska Supreme Court agreed and ordered a new sentencing.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that teenagers cannot be locked up for life without the chance of parole.
Last week, the Nebraska Supreme Court ordered three convicted killers be re-sentenced because of their age at the time of original sentencing. Juan Castenada was 15 and Eric Ramirez 17 when they were arrested for a 30-minute Omaha robbery and murder spree that left two dead and one injured in 2008. Douglas Mantich was 16 when he was convicted in 1994 of an Omaha murder.