A Supreme Court ruling Monday that says it's unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder will have an effect on the Joshua Phillips case in Jacksonville, an attorney handling the appeal said.
Phillips, now 28, was convicted in the 1998 murder of 8-year-old Maddie Clifton and sentenced to life without parole. At the time of the murder, Phillips was 14.
The high court on Monday threw out Americans' ability to send children to prison for the rest of their lives with no chance of ever getting out. The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including ruling out the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for young people whose crimes did not involve killing.
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