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Judge says man must stay in prison for 1984 murder

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A Will County judge has ruled the life sentence given a teen for a 1984 murder shouldn't be reconsidered.

The Joliet Herald-News reports (http://bit.ly/1zAQHpb) Judge Robert Livas ruled Tuesday that 48-year-old James E. Walker should remain in prison for the murder of taxi driver Charles Davis.

Walker was 17 years old in March 1984 when he and 16-year-old Xavier D. Williams called for a taxi. When Williams got out the cab, Walker shot Davis with a sawed-off shotgun he hid under his coat.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a mandatory life sentence for a juvenile was unconstitutional. But Livas said the Supreme Court ruling didn't apply because life without parole wasn't a mandatory punishment.

Williams was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but was released in 2011.

Information from: The Herald-News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews

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