Chambers v. StateAnnotate this Case
After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of first-degree murder and related charges. The district court sentenced Appellant on the first-degree murder conviction to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's conviction and sentence on direct appeal. Appellant subsequently filed a second petition for postconviction relief, alleging that his sentence was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The postconviction court denied Appellant's petition without an evidentiary hearing, concluding that the petition was time barred and that none of the exceptions to the time bar applied. Appellant appealed, contending that his sentence violated the Eighth Amendment and that recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court satisfied an exception to the time bar. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the cases upon which Appellant relied were either not applicable to Appellant or did not apply retroactively to him.