EASTON, Pa. - A Northampton County man hoping to see freedom one day had his hopes dashed Friday morning.
Qu'eed Batts was a 14 year-old gang member in 2006 when he shot and killed 16-year-old C.J. Edwards in Easton. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Since his conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The state Supreme Court ordered a resentencing hearing for Batts, which took place Thursday.
Judges and juries still have discretion to put young killers away for good, but they must take into account the defendant's age, the nature of the crime and other potentially mitigating circumstances.
On Friday, a judge ruled that Batts will remain in prison for life with no chance of parole.
Allentown, PA 18102