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Could Supreme Court ruling affect Schmidt sentence? Judge says no

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Judge Michael Annis sentenced 15 year old Lacy Aaron Schmidt to life in prison without the possibility of parole in March.

Schmidt was convicted of killing his friend, 14 year old Alana Callahan.

But Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned life sentences for two juveniles convicted of murder.

Fox 54 was curious- could this ruling affect Schmidt's sentence? So we went to the man who handed it down.

"No sir," Annis tells Fox 54. "We considered the factors the Supreme Court wanted us to consider when we did the sentencing."

Georgia is one of 21 states that does not require life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder.

Because of that, Annis considered Schmidt's age when sentencing him.

That, he says, makes Schmidt's case different than those overturned by the Supreme Court.

Those sentences came from states that have require life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. The Supreme Court says those mandatory sentences are a violation of the Eighth Amendment as cruel and unusual punishment.

Schmidt is guaranteed an appeal, which Annis believes could take as long as two years to reach the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Even when it gets there, he doesn't believe the state's highest court will change anything.

"Unless Georgia wants to expand on what the Supreme Court of the United States has done, it shouldn't make any difference," he says.

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