CHARLESTON, WV (AP) – Three inmates who were convicted of murder as teenagers decades ago have been set free under a West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes.
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says William E. Wayne, Lawrence T. Redman, and Larry D. Hall II were released earlier this month from St. Marys Correctional Center. A three-member state parole board approved their releases last month.
The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 banned mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. West Virginia lawmakers later enacted a measure allowing parole after 15 years for young offenders convicted of serious crimes.
The state parole board applied the new law retroactively and identified seven juvenile lifers in murder cases, including Wayne, Redman, and Hall.