LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A 38-year-old North Little Rock man who has served 23 years of a life without parole sentence for capital murder when he was 15 has had his sentenced reduced to 30 years.

Court records show Randy Damon Wilkins sentence was reduced Friday in accordance with a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits automatic life sentences for minors.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2c6xtaG ) that the reduction makes Wilkins eligible to apply for parole.

Wilkins was convicted of killing a 19-year-old woman while trying to rob the woman’s mother of marijuana in 1994. Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case and one testified the Wilkins shot the woman.

Wilkins denied shooting the woman and testified that he did not go with the other two to the victim’s home.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com