High court to rule on sentencing young killers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court is poised to decide whether four of the state's most notorious young killers should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers are unconstitutional.
The ruling, to be released Friday, could mandate new sentencing hearings for Robert Tulloch, Robert Dingman and two other convicted killers who were under the age of 18 when they committed their crimes.
Tulloch stabbed to death two Dartmouth professors in 2001. Dingman killed his parents in 1996 rather than abide by curfews and other house rules.
Prosecutors argue that the 5-4 Supreme Court ruling should not be applied retroactively.
Lawyers for the four argued in June that their clients were children and lesser sentences should be considered.Associated Press