Canales proposes less time to be eligible for parole.

House adds no-parole sentence for 17-year-old capital murder defendants

Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman

The Texas House on Friday tentatively agreed to a tougher sentence for 17-year-olds who commit capital murder than the Senate has, adding life without parole as an option even though the U.S. Supreme Court has banned that punishment.

By a vote of 110-28, the House agreed with arguments that the revised bill would pass legal muster because it allows judges and juries to consider the suspect’s age and other mitigating factors before it decides on a sentence.


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