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Source: A&E

Why Did James Michael Wiley Get Three Consecutive Life Sentences at Only 15?


It's a story that might be familiar to true crime aficionados: Man kills family, man sets house ablaze, man receives a life sentence. Except in the case of James Michael Wiley, the subject of a Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole special, the man is just a boy — aged 15 years old.

A&E's docuseries revisits the cases of juvenile offenders who were sentenced to life terms before the Supreme Court determined that the punishment was cruel and unusual for children and teens. While some of these offenders may be re-sentenced to life, others are immediately released or granted clemency.