A man convicted of killing a four-year-old Fayetteville girl more than 30 years ago will get a new sentence.
According to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling, Christopher Segerstrom was originally sentenced to life without parole. The Supreme Court says that “the Eighth Amendment forbids a sentencing scheme that mandates life in prison without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.”
Segerstrom was 15-years-old at the time of the murder.
Segerstrom raped and killed a 4-year-old after promising to help the girl catch butterflies.
According to the ruling, Segerstrom is entitled to a hearing to present evidence for consideration and sentencing within the range for a Class Y felony, which is ten to forty years or life.
The sentencing was reversed and remanded on Segerstrom’s first appeal.
Click here to read the full Arkansas Supreme Court opinion.