December 10, 2013
A Houston County convicted murder wants his sentence changed.
Today, a parole hearing was held for Shaber Wimberly who was sentenced to death for three murders in 1997.
In 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to death. Wimberly’s sentence was commuted to life in prison without parole. However, in September, the Alabama Supreme Court issued guidelines allowing juvenile killers to be sentenced to life with parole.
The judge took Wimberly’s request under advisement. However, Houston County District Attorney Doug Valeska says the “life without parole” option should not be applied to old cases.