North Carolina’s highest court says an earlier ruling that determined a teenager’s life sentence for second-degree burglary, while severe, is not cruel or unusual punishment should be left intact
The state Supreme Court upheld Friday last year’s majority decision of the Court of Appeals that examined the 1973 sentence received by Larry C. Stubbs. Stubbs is now 59. He’s spent most of his adult life in prison but was paroled briefly.
Stubbs, when he was 17 years old, broke into a home in Fayetteville at 2 a.m. and stole $394 worth of property, including a lamp, a record player and a 19 inch television set.
A Cumberland County judge in 2012 reduced Stubbs’ sentence to 30 years and ordered him released. State attorneys appealed that ruling, which the Court of Appeals overturned.
The Supreme Court rejected arguments focusing on procedural issues, including whether the Court of Appeals had jurisdiction to review arguments opposing the trial judge’s order.