Conley May Appeal To U.S. Supreme Court
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – After the Indiana Supreme Court denied murderer Andrew Conley’s appeal to reduce his life without parole sentence, he could be taking the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Conley was 17-years-old when he murdered his 10-year-old brother, Conner, in their Ohio County home in 2009 as their parents were at work. He pleaded guilty the day his jury trial was to begin in Ohio Circuit Court. Judge James D. Humphrey sentenced Conley to life without parole.
Conley, now age 20, appealed a sentence reduction to the Indiana Supreme Court. The court decided Tuesday that Conley’s sentence is appropriate, albeit in a 3-2 vote.
His attorney, Leanna Weissman, told the Associated Press on Wednesday the decision may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The land’s top court ruled in June that juveniles cannot receive mandatory sentences of life without parole in accordance with the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.
Conley’s sentence was not mandatory, rather it was decided by Humphrey.
Conley is only the fourth juvenile in Indiana history to receive a life without parole sentence.