Jason Clem was 16 when, in the course of robbing the restaurant he worked at, he murdered his boss. Clem was sentenced to a life term.
Now, 12 years later, Clem’s lawyers argue that punishment is unconstitutional. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard his case Tuesday.
Under Virginia law, there are only two options for punishment when a minor is a murderer: one is the death penalty, the other is a life sentence.