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Man who was 16 at time of killing ruled eligible for parole

September 1, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A man who was 16 when he was arrested on charges he kidnapped and killed a restaurant custodian in North Carolina will be eligible for parole after a judge ruled in his favor.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Forsyth Superior Court Judge William Wood resentenced 33-year-old Jaamall Oglesby on Tuesday in accordance with a landmark ruling by the nation’s highest court.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in 2012 that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional “cruel and unusual” punishment. In January 2016, the justices made their decision retroactive.

Wood’s ruling makes Oglesby eligible for parole once he serves 25 years in prison for the September 2002 killing of Scotty Jester. Oglesby has served only 15 years and also faces additional prison time for two unrelated armed robbery convictions.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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