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West Virginia justices have differing views on three strikes law

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Justice Margaret Workman and Justice Tim Armstead
(Photos courtesy of the West Virginia Supreme Court and West Virginia Legislative Photography)

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court tracks with legislation meant to reduce punishment for non-violent felonies, but a justice believes the court re-wrote state law.

The Supreme Court ruled in a 4-1 decision on April 3 that the life sentence meted Wyoming County resident Joe Roger Lane should be reversed. The case was sent back to the Wyoming County Circuit Court for re-sentencing.

The 45-year-old Lane was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2015 after he was charged with selling prescription painkillers.

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