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Missouri defends 241-year prison sentence for 16-year-old

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Josh Hawley. (Credit: KMOV) Josh Hawley. (Credit: KMOV)

By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Missouri is defending a prison sentence for a man who committed robbery and other crimes as a 16-year-old and now isn't eligible for parole until he's 112.

Republican state Attorney General Josh Hawley says in a U.S. Supreme Court filing that defendant Bobby Bostic's 241-year sentence for 18 crimes doesn't violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Hawley says in the brief filed Thursday that a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that outlawed life sentences for people under 18 who didn't kill anyone applies only to a sentence for one crime.

The St. Louis judge who sentenced Bostic disagrees. She now believes the term is unjust. She's backing Bostic's high-court appeal.

Now 39, Bostic has been in prison more than 20 years.

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