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Erie's District Attorney Disappointed With Supreme Court Ruling

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A dozen people from Erie and Crawford counties that are facing life in prison, could be looking at possible paroles after a Supreme Court ruling.

The court banned mandatory life sentences without parole, for juvenile offenders.
Statewide, there are currently 373 inmates serving life, for murders they committed as juveniles.
12 are from Erie and Crawford counties.
Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri says he's disappointed with the ruling, especially for the victim's families.

"At sentencing they were told this person will never get out of jail, and now today they're being told something different. So that assurance that they had that might have given them some closure long ago, the wounds are wide open now for them." Said Daneri.

Daneri also says he's frustrated with the Supreme Court's argument that life without parole is too harsh for teens.
"The life without parole doesn't go down to someone who stole a car, or robbed a convenience store. It's handed down to individuals who are guilty of first or second degree murder, and that's appropriate." Daneri added.

Daneri says he's already been in contact with several of the victim's families.
The State Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing in Harrisburg on Thursday.

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