JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Hinds County circuit judge has refused to block a teenager’s sentence of life without parole in connection with a 2015 shooting death.
Gerome Moore was convicted of capital murder, which carries a mandatory life-without-parole sentence in Mississippi.
However, Judge Jeff Weill held a hearing on the sentence, to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling governing people who were under 18 when they commit a crime carrying a life sentence. Moore was 17 when Carolyn Temple was killed during a robbery.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that, last week, Weill denied a defense motion to prohibit a life-without-parole sentence.
Moore did not shoot Temple. But a prosecutor said he aided others by driving a car and bringing a gun.
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