A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences has been denied parole more than 50 years after he killed a sheriff’s deputy at age 17.
The state parole board voted 2-1 Monday to keep Henry Montgomery in prison. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago.
The Supreme Court’s decision in January 2016 in Montgomery’s case opened the door for around 2,000 other juvenile offenders to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life sentences.
Montgomery has served 54 years in prison for fatally shooting East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy Charles Hurt in 1963.