Appeals court upholds decision that man convicted of murder in 1983 may apply for parole

Appeals court upholds decision that man convicted of murder in 1983 may apply for parole
Gavel on sounding block (Source: Gray News)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Third Circuit Court of Appeal has declined to re-hear a case involving a man who was 17 when he killed his stepmother and her son.

The Third Circuit said in December that Aaron G. Hauser is eligible for parole based on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that defendants who committed crimes as juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison without a hearing to consider their youth.

Hauser was 17 on July 4, 1983, when he shot and killed his stepmother, Joan, and her son, John, in Beauregard Parish.

The Third Circuit ruled in December that Hauser, now 54, is eligible for parole.

“For the foregoing reasons, we find that the trial court erred in denying Defendant the opportunity for parole,” the Third Circuit ruling reads. “Defendant has provided sufficient evidence to show he is not irreparably corrupt and is entitled to resentencing to two concurrent life sentences with the possibility of parole. Accordingly, we reverse the trial court judgment and resentence Mr. Aaron Hauser to two concurrent sentences of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.”

Beauregard prosecutors appealed the ruling, but earlier this month, the Third Circuit declined to re-hear the case.

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