Nebraska lawmakers pass juvenile sentencing bill
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lawmakers have passed a new sentencing range of 40 years to life for murders that were committed by a juvenile. The bill won final approval on Thursday, 38-1. The measure was introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles unconstitutional. The proposal represented a compromise between lawmakers who supported 30-year minimum sentence, and others who pushed for at least 60 years. It also allows judges to consider mitigating factors in a case, including a juvenile's maturity and efforts toward rehabilitation. The bill now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman.