With ruling, up to 60 Mass. cases now face scrutiny
Latest sentence handed down last week in Boston
More than 60 people are currently serving sentences of life without parole in Massachusetts prisons for murders they committed when they were teenagers, cases that are likely to get new scrutiny by defense lawyers in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The cases, some of them notorious crimes that made headlines and others less well-known, stretch back to 1974, with the most recent sentencing occurring last week. It’s unknown how the sentences will be affected by the ruling.