Shoals Convicted Capital Murderer Requests New Sentence
Nathan Boyd is escorted by deputies from the Lauderdale County Courthouse.
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of a 1999 Shoals murder, the man who was a juvenile at the time is requesting to be re-sentenced to life with the chance of parole.
The motion comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to give juveniles a sentence of life without the chance of parole.
Thirteen years to the month, Nathan Boyd is back in the Lauderdale County Courthouse requesting to be re-sentenced.
In 2000, Boyd was convicted of capital murder in the stabbing death of Danny Sledge at the Galley restaurant on Shoal Creek.
“Our position is, it’s a procedural rule at its not retroactive,” stated Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “He needs to stay right where he is, and serve his life without parole sentence.”
During the motion hearing for a new sentencing, defense attorneys for Nathan Boyd argued that a 2012 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court should be retro-active.
Since Boyd was 17 at the time of the murder, attorneys are asking Judge Mike Jones to hold a new sentencing hearing, giving Nathan Boyd a chance to get life with parole.
“His best case scenario is a life sentence. So, I mean he is not going anywhere. But, I mean he doesn’t need to be eligible for parole because of the horrendous thing he did to Mr. Sledge,” explained Connolly.
Circuit Judge Mike Jones requested additional briefs from the state and defense attorney’s before he said he will make a ruling.
Numerous cases across the country are being heard right now, determining if the Supreme Court ruling should be retro-active or not.
Court officials said there are 71 cases in the state of Alabama that deal with juveniles being sentenced to life with-out parole, which could have to be re-sentenced.
Judge Jones has not set a time frame for handing down his ruling in the Nathan Boyd case.