State Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences Without Parole For Youth

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Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision released Thursday, the state’s highest court said sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole or early release constitutes cruel punishment. The ruling was in connection with a case involving Brian Bassett who was convicted of killing his mother, father and younger brother in 1995 when he was 16. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court’s ruling upholds an earlier Court of Appeals decision to send Bassett’s case to the trial court for resentencing.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.