DeKalb Co. man facing life sentence wants new hearing - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

DeKalb Co. man facing life sentence wants new hearing

Posted: Updated:
Shelton is one of two men facing life in prison for the death of a Geraldine man. Shelton is one of two men facing life in prison for the death of a Geraldine man.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A man facing life without parole for a murder in DeKalb County wants a new sentencing hearing.

A recent US Supreme Court ruling says juveniles convicted of capital offenses can be given lighter sentences and are due a sentencing hearing, but prosecutors in the case of Richard Sharp Shelton argue it's too little, too late.

While not present in the courtroom Monday, attorneys for Shelton argued for a new sentencing hearing for him. Shelton was one of two men convicted in 2011 in the robbery and murder of Jerry Neal Burt at his Geraldine home.

The other man convicted, Billy Ray Justice, is serving two life sentences. Shelton was 17 at the time of the crime and was the shooter. Prosecutors said the Supreme Court ruling came the year after Shelton was sentenced and argued the law is not retroactive.

"I feel it's cruel and unusual punishment to give somebody a juvenile shot at a life sentence who is convicted now, and… not give that same chance to someone who happened to be convicted in 2011," said Shelton's attorney, Robert Ray.

The judge did not immediately rule and took the case under advisement.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.