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Supreme Court ruling takes 2 in Georgia off death row
February 2, 1990 Douglas Corley is stabbed to death while working at his grocery store in Eastman, Georgia. Exzavious Gibson, 17, is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death.
  Supreme Court ruling takes 2 in Georgia off death row
January 8, 1993 Terry Ralston and her 15-year-old son Michael are killed after being taken from their laudromat in Jesup, Georgia. Micheal was shot 6 times from behind at close range, his mother was shot once. Larry Jenkins, 17, is convicted of the crime and sentenced to death.
  Supreme Court ruling takes 2 in Georgia off death row
March 1, 2005 U. S. Supreme Court rules that execution is cruel and unusual punishment for people under the age of 18.
  Supreme Court ruling takes 2 in Georgia off death row


A closely divided U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence, when applied to juvenile killers, was cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling spared the lives of two Georgia men who were teenagers when their crimes were committed. Larry Jenkins, who was convicted of a double murder in Jesup in 1993 and Exzavious Gibson, who was convicted of the murder of a grocer in Eastman in 1990 were 17 when the crimes were committed. They were 2 of the 72 inmates whose sentence was commuted by the ruling.





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