LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a resentencing for an inmate who has served nearly 40 years in prison for a crime committed when he was 16-years-old.
Billy Ray Smith, who is now 59, challenged the life sentence he received in Pike County for rape. Smith, who represented himself in court filings, argued that a life sentence without parole for a non-homicide offense was illegal for a juvenile, and the state's highest court agreed on Thursday.
The court sent Smith's case back to Pike County Circuit Court with orders that his sentence be modified to 50 years.