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People v. Saetern, C066929

Defendant's sentence of 100-years-to-life for a murder he committed at age 14 is affirmed, where, even assuming the trial court's sentencing process failed to comport with the requirements of Miller v. Alabama (2012) 567 U.S. ___, the violation was rendered harmless with the enactment of Penal Code section 3051, which affords defendant more favorable relief than the sentencing court could provide, because it provides minors sentenced to a determinate term of years or a life term an opportunity to prove their rehabilitation and secure release on parole after serving a prescribed term of confinement.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/17/2014
  • Published 07/17/2014

Judges

  • RAYE

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel