NATICK, Mass. (AP) -
A Massachusetts man who has been in prison since age 17 for his role in a robbery in which two people were killed has been granted parole.
Frederick Christian is one of 63 Massachusetts inmates serving life without parole under a juvenile sentencing law that carried a mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder.
The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled last year that lifetime imprisonment for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment. That decision followed a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down such mandatory life sentencing laws.
On Thursday, the Parole Board granted Christian parole, citing his age at the time of the crime, his clean prison record and his testimony at a hearing last week.
District Attorney Timothy Cruz testified against Christian's release, saying although he didn't pull the trigger, he set up the robbery.
Thursday, August 21 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:56:56 GMT
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