A man sentenced to automatic life in prison as a juvenile could get that sentence reinstated, even though decades of his court files are missing.
That’s what a Wayne County Circuit Court judge has ruled.
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Charles Lewis was convicted of murder and sentenced to automatic life without parole in 1977, when he was 17.
That makes him a so-called “juvenile lifer.” And the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled all juvenile lifers are entitled to a shot at parole or re-sentencing, except in the “rarest” cases.