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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court granting Defendant postconviction relief by ordering a substantive sentencing hearing, holding that, under the circumstances of this case, it would be manifestly unfair for the district court not to hold a substantive sentencing hearing in accordance with State v. Warren, 592 N.W.2d 440 (Minn. 1999).
After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. Defendant was seventeen years old when he committed the offenses. The district court sentenced Defendant to two consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of release. After Miller v. Alabama, 467 U.S. 460 (2012), was decided, the district court resentenced Defendant to two consecutive sentences of life in prison with the possibility of release after thirty years. The Supreme Court affirmed. Defendant subsequently filed his postconviction petition requesting a substantive hearing to consider whether, pursuant to the test articulated in Warren, his modified sentences should be served concurrently rather than consecutively. The district court granted the petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the unique circumstances of this case warranted the exercise of this Court's inherent supervisory powers to direct that the district court hold a substantive sentencing hearing in accordance with Warren.