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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on a parole hearing for a 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to landmark Supreme Court decision limiting juvenile offender sentences. (all times local):
A parole hearing has been postponed for 71-year-old Henry Montgomery, who was 17 when he shot and killed East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Charles Hurt in 1963.
The surprise decision Thursday to delay the hearing was announced by Jim Wise, vice-chairman of the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole. He says the board needs a legal opinion from Louisiana's attorney general on whether the hearing needs to be heard by a panel of 3 members or at least five members, because Louisiana laws conflict on this question.
Wise says he hopes to reschedule for within 60 days.
The delay surprised two relatives of the slain deputy, including one who drove in from Arkansas Wednesday to attend the hearing.
Montgomery appeared with his attorney by a video link from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, where he will wait even longer to learn his fate.
More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at parole since the nation's highest court ruled in his favor and cleared a path to freedom for hundreds of other "juvenile lifers."
Louisiana's parole board scheduled a hearing Thursday for Henry Montgomery, who was 17 when he shot and killed East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy Charles Hurt in 1963.
The U.S. Supreme Court's January 2016 ruling in Montgomery's case opened the door for roughly 2,000 other juvenile offenders to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences.
In June, a state judge who resentenced Montgomery to life with the possibility of parole called him a "model prisoner" who appears to be rehabilitated.
A grandson of the slain sheriff's deputy said he plans to urge the parole board to keep Montgomery in prison.
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