A 43-year-old Nashua man who’s been facing life in prison since he was a teenager is being re-sentenced this week.
Eduardo Lopez Jr. was convicted of fatally shooting a man while trying to steal his car in downtown Nashua in 1993. He was 17 at the time and sentenced to life without parole.
But in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles was unconstitutional.
So, the five men currently serving these sentences in New Hampshire, including Lopez, are now all being re-sentenced.
That doesn’t mean Lopez will ever get out. His lawyers will have to make their case to a judge in a two-day hearing starting Wednesday. The defense is asking that Lopez be released within the year, but the state thinks he still needs to serve more time – 25 years more.