Convicted as teen, killer's sentence to be re-heard

Convicted as teen, killer's sentence to be re-heard

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Lawrence County man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for a capital murder conviction will be sentenced once more this summer.

Evan Miller was sentenced to life after prosecutors said he beat a man to death with a baseball bat in 2003.

Miller was 14 when the crime was committed, and at the time of his conviction, life without parole was the only sentencing option.

His sentence was appealed and went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which sided with Miller in a 5-4 vote in 2012, saying that there must be at least one other sentencing option on the table for judge and jury when a juvenile is convicted for capital murder.

Miller's case is set for a new sentencing hearing scheduled between June 27 and July 1.

He could receive a lesser sentence, however, life without parole remains an option for the sentencing judge.

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