More Juvenile Offenders to be Resentenced After Iowa Supreme Court Ruling
A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and given mandatory minimum sentences. The ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse. In deciding the appeal of Andre Lyle Jr. on Friday, the court said required minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional because they amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Three justices disagreed with the Iowa ruling. Lyle was 17 years old in 2010 when he was convicted of robbery and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.