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Mar 9, 2016 9:59 AM

NH man convicted of murder at 17 seeking to have life sentence reduced

The Associated Press

NASHUA (AP) - A hearing date has been set in New Hampshire for a man who was convicted of murder as a juvenile and is seeking to have his life sentence reduced.

WMUR-TV reports, the hearing for Eduardo Lopez Jr. was scheduled for Sept. 12. Lopez was convicted of shooting Nashua restaurant owner Robert Goyette when he was 17 in 1991.

The state Supreme Court had ruled in 2014 that Lopez and others convicted of murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings.

It came after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 2012 ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence juvenile offenders to life imprisonment without parole.

Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin says the rule is retroactive, so it applies to all prisoners incarcerated as juveniles on murder charges.

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