High-Profile Juvenile Killers To Get Parole Hearings in MN
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that life without parole is unconstitutional for juveniles.
That means there are seven cases that will have to have some type of hearing to set a parole date in Minnesota. It's not clear when, or how, that process will work, but now that the nation's High Court has struck it down, states must comply.
Madhi Ali is one of those sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was 17 when he gunned down three men at the Seward Market in South Minneapolis in 2010. Michael Swanson is another case in point. He drove from his home in St. Louis Park in 2010 to Iowa and killed two convenience store clerks. Under the Supreme Court ruling, he will also be guaranteed another hearing to set a date where he would be considered to be set free.
There are nearly 3,000 cases across the country where juvenile killers received life without parole. Each of those sentences will be adjusted to allow for a parole hearing at some point.