The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld Charon Ray's conviction for fatally shooting a teen when he was 16 - his victim was 14 - but said that at some point he could seek parole under federal and state rulings that life without parole is a cruel and unusual punishment for minors.
Ray was convicted for the 2004 death of a Roxbury teen from a rival housing project. The state's highest court rejected his lawyer's arguments that he'd gotten an unfair trial - there was the matter of the juror who kept falling asleep during testimony - but agreed that a Supreme Court ruling in 2012, which led to an SJC decision last year meant teens could not be simply locked up until they die.
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