On Monday, December 1st, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that applied the national 2012 Alabama v. Miller decision, which banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for youth offenders, retroactively.
By declining, the US Supreme Court lets the earlier decision by the Illinois Supreme Court to order a new sentence for Addolfo Davis, who was sentenced to life without parole at age 14.
Addolfo Davis engaged in a gang-related robbery in which two older gang members killed rival gang members. Davis, who did not shoot anyone and had a history of mental health problems, was tried as an adult, convicted for accountability and sentenced for life without parole.
Illinois Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing, but the Illinois Attorney General asked the US Supreme Court to reverse the ruling.
Thanks to the US Supreme Court’s decision not to take up the appeal case, now over 80 out of 100 Illinois JLWOP inmates have a chance for a new sentence.