COOK COUNTY (AP) — An Illinois prison inmate has been ordered to remain locked up the rest of his life after a he asked to be resentenced when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.
Cook County Judge Angela Petrone on Monday said Adolfo Davis was a willing participant in the double murder he was convicted of 24 years ago, when he was 14. She said his violent behavior in prison is evidence that he remains a threat to others.
Davis is among several Cook County defendants who potentially could be affected by the high court’s 2012 ruling. He was the first to be resentenced.
The court cited research showing that juveniles don’t always understand consequences of their actions. But Petrone said Davis knew exactly what he was doing.