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Legislature approves juvenile life sentences bill

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have passed a new sentencing range of 40 years to life for murders that were committed by a juvenile.

The bill won final approval on Thursday, 38-1.

The measure was introduced by Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.

The proposal represented a compromise between lawmakers who supported 30-year minimum sentence, and others who pushed for at least 60 years.

It also allows judges to consider mitigating factors in a case, including a juvenile's maturity and efforts toward rehabilitation.

The bill now goes to Gov. Dave Heineman.

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