Case Conclusion Date: December 23, 2010
Practice Area: Appeals
Outcome: Parole Board order in double aggravated murder case reversed
Description: The petitioner was convicted of two aggravated murders he committed at the age of 15, and the trial court imposed consecutive life sentences, each with a 30-year minimum period of confinement. Twenty years later, the Board of Parole determined that he was likely to be rehabilitated within a reasonable period of time. Overruling its previous decision in Norris v. Board of Parole, 331 Or 194, 13 P3d 104 (2000), the Oregon Supreme Court held that the rehabilitation finding applies to both sentences, overrides both minimum periods of confinement and requires the Board to set an initial release date under the parole matrix.