Attorneys Going To Court Over NC 'Life' Sentences

Attorneys are set to argue in a North Carolina court why they think a man given a life sentence more than three decades ago should not qualify for good behavior credits that could set him free early.

The case of Wilbur William Folston is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in Shelby. Folston is one of more than two dozen inmates that North Carolina officials prepared for release this fall after state courts agreed that their "life" sentences were only 80 years because of a quirky law that was in place in the 1970s.

Gov. Beverly Perdue later blocked the release of the inmates and argued that they should never have received good behavior credits that cut sentences in half. Defense attorneys contend that the state is trying to change the rules.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 4, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    It said set them free but it didn't say where.turn them loose in Afghanistan with a rifle,ammo etc. they wanted to kill so let them.good bye.
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Dec 4, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    When a jury decides on a life sentence for a criminal they intended for that person to never step foot as a free person again. Life means for life. For someone to serve 20 years and be set free after they have killed someone just isn't right. I don't care how much it cost, keep their sorry a@@ locked up.
  • by g Location: coast on Dec 4, 2009 at 12:17 AM
    Under the old law, people with a life sentence were not eligible for gain time, (time earned for work against the remainder of their sentence) so really the only reason for them to have a job was the money. (up to a dollar a day) They should have been given what in other states is called life and a day, or natural life. Death would be preferable to life imprisonment. If someone worked in prison and was told it would count against their active time I don't see how they can take away his/her gained time just because the public thinks it's a bad thing. What it amounts to is some big shot lawyer got one person out on a technicality and now either he's gonna have to go back to prison or they gotta let them all go. If they knew how bad the economy was they would want to stay where they are. Let's just spend a ga-zillion dollars retrying each one, that's the way government works, right?
  • by db on Dec 3, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    I don't get how they say they recieved life sentences and that was 80 years but these people havn't been in there for 80 years and it says they are going to be released on good behavior but some of the felons have been in trouble in prison within the last year bullcrap they deserve what they dished out death.
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