RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentencing hearing for one of those convicted in the death of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson.
The court ruled Tuesday that Laurence Lovette must be re-sentenced because a judge didn't consider mitigating factors before sentencing Lovette to life without the possibility of parole.
Lovette was convicted of first-degree murder in Carson's 2008 shooting. A jury also found Lovette guilty of kidnapping, armed robbery, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods in the Athens, Ga., native's death. He was 17 at the time of the crimes.
Since Lovette's conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a mandatory sentence of life without the possibility of parole is not allowed for someone under age 18 when the crime was committed without a hearing to consider mitigating circumstances.