Neb. high court vacates life sentences of 3 men

Feb 7, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has vacated the sentences of three men ordered imprisoned for life without parole when they were juveniles, citing a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down such sentences.

The rulings Friday came in the cases of Douglas Mantich, who was sentenced for his role in a 1993 gang-related shooting death in Omaha, and Eric Ramirez and Juan Castaneda, sentenced for their roles in a 2008 Omaha shooting spree that left two dead and one injured.

The three were teenagers when the crimes were committed.

While the state Supreme Court upheld the convictions of the three on Friday, it found the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that teenagers cannot be locked up for life without the chance of parole.

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