Washington Supreme Court Orders New Sentence for Juvenile Offender

SEATTLE (AP) – The Washington Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man who was 15-years-old when he fatally shot two men and injured another.

The court on Thursday unanimously reversed a lower court ruling and said Jeremiah Gilbert should be resentenced for the 1992 killings in Klickitat County.

Gilbert tried to steal a car and shot the car’s owner and then fatally shot a motorcyclist and another man who arrived on the scene.

Gilbert was sentenced to life in prison for the aggravated murder of Loren Evans. He received a consecutive 280-month sentence for the murder of the motorcyclist Robert Gresham.

U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violated their constitutional rights. Washington state changed its law and Gilbert became eligible for a new sentencing, but the judge only considered the life sentence.

The state Supreme Court said the judge should have looked at both.


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