Poitra v. StateAnnotate this Case
Appellant was convicted of felony first-degree murder and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Appellant was nineteen years old at the time the murder was committed. Appellant filed a motion seeking a reduction of his sentence of life without the possibility of parole to life as a matter of law. The district court denied Appellant’s motion for sentence reduction. Appellant appealed, arguing that his life sentence without the possibility of parole violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Supreme Court affirmed on the grounds that Appellant did not raise the constitutional issues below, the equal protection argument was not cogently presented on appeal, and the Eighth Amendment claim was not of a fundamental nature.