Oakland Co. prosecutor files re-sentencing motions for 22 juvenile-lifer cases

Posted at 7:16 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 07:16:02-05

(WXYZ) — New Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Tuesday her office has taken steps that give the chance for nearly two-dozen "juvenile lifers" to get parole.

According to McDonald, the prosecutor's office has filed motions for re-sentencing of 22 cases, after reviewing 27 county-based juvenile lifer cases.

Each of the convicted juvenile-lifers was convicted of a homicide as a juvenile and given life without parole, which was later declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.

“As Prosecutor, my primary obligation is to keep Oakland County communities safe and to follow the law. In rendering these decisions, I am obeying the Constitution, and pursuing sentences that will keep our communities safe until these individuals are no longer a threat," McDonald said in a release.