ATLANTA — Georgia’s highest court has upheld multiple life sentences in a murder case.
Robert Veal was convicted of murder, armed robbery and other crimes and got life without parole in the November 2010 killing of Charles Boyer.
The Georgia Supreme Court tossed that sentence, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring life-without-parole sentences for most people whose crimes were committed before age 18. At resentencing, the trial court imposed two consecutive life sentences with the possibility of parole in addition to six life sentences and another 60 years already imposed.
Veal argued his multiple life sentences amount to a de facto sentence of life without parole and shouldn’t be allowed.
The high court said Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling applies only to actual life-without-parole sentences.