The Associated Press
ST. MARYS — Three inmates who were convicted of murder as teenagers decades ago have again been denied their pleas for freedom under a West Virginia law that allows parole for juveniles who commit serious crimes.
A state parole board rejected bids by William E. Wayne, Lawrence T. Redman and Larry D. Hall II during separate hearings Wednesday at St. Marys Correctional Center.
The three-member board told each prisoner in brief remarks afterward that it wasn’t ready to let them go. But the board scheduled their next hearings in September 2018.
Wednesday’s hearing came three years after they were denied initial bids for release following the 2014 passage of the law. The state parole board applied the new law retroactively and singled out seven juvenile lifers in murder cases, including Wayne, Redman and Hall.
Lawmakers had acted two years after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 banned mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. Last year, the court said the ruling was retroactive for the more than