The Case Of Miller V. Alabama Essay

898 Words Dec 19th, 2016 4 Pages
In the case of Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 - Supreme Court 2012, the issue presented before the court was under the Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment is it cruel and usual punishment to sentence a fourteen-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kuntrell Jackson, Derrick Shields, and Travis Booker discussed a plan to rob the Movie Magic video store in the evening on November 18, 1999. It is alleged that once the time had come to rob the movie store the defendants were made aware that Derrick Shields was, in fact, carrying a .410 gauge sawed-off shotgun in his coat sleeve. Upon arriving at the video store, Booker and Shields went inside and Jackson stayed outside the door, as a look out. Once inside, the duo began demanding the video clerk Laurie Troup give them money; when Troup failed to comply after being instructed five-six times Shields shot Troup in her face after she said she was going to call the police. At this time, Jackson had made his way into the store prior to Troup being shot, but while the robbery was still in progress. It was after Troup was shot that the trio fled the scene empty handed.
The juveniles were apprehended and subsequently charged with the murder of Laurie Troup. Jackson had been convicted of both capital murder and aggravated robbery. However, when Jackson was sentenced, he was sentenced to life in prison on the capital murder conviction, but he was not sentenced on the robbery conviction. At the time the…

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