Judge who sentenced man to life in prison supports his appeal - KMOV.com

Judge who sentenced man to life in prison supports his appeal

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Bobby Bostic. Bobby Bostic.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A judge who sentenced a man to more than 240 years in prison more than 20 years ago is helping the man try to get the sentence overturned.

In 1995, 16-year-old Bobby Bostic robbed a group delivering Christmas presents to those in need in St. Louis. Prosecutors say he carjacked and assaulted another woman nearby.

The ACLU believes his sentence of more than two centuries in prison is unconstitutional because he was a juvenile at the time and does not have the option to appeal for parole.

“To be heard to present your case to show you’ve been rehabilitated, that opportunity for our justice system to do the right thing, that’s what’s important. It doesn’t necessarily mean a judge or panel would say you are entitled to parole, but what the Supreme Court has said is that you’re entitled to the opportunity to be considered for it,” said Jeffrey Mittman, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Missouri.

The ACLU of Missouri is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

The judge who handed down the sentence is supporting his case to be heard by the court.

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