Where petitioner was convicted of capital murder at the age of 17 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years under the mandatory sentencing scheme in place at the time of his conviction, habeas relief is granted because the petitioner was sentenced under a mandatory scheme that did not allow consideration of youth or related circumstances, so the sentence violated the Eighth Amendment.
Habeas relief granted.
Edwards v. Steele (MLW No. 71161/Case No. ED105946 – 8 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, Clayton III, J.) Writ of habeas corpus (Kent E. Gipson for petitioner) (Michael J. Spillane for respondent).