Because it stands now, Bernard Schaeffer gained’t be eligible for parole till 2033, when he’s seventy two years previous.
His launch date, although, might come a lot sooner if the Nebraska Supreme Courtroom makes a ruling in his favor. If the Supreme Courtroom decides that the great-time regulation at present getting used applies in instances akin to Schaeffer’s, he’ll be eligible for parole in about two years.
The Grand Island native was sentenced to life in jail in 1977 after killing Donald Beery Jr. On the time of the homicide, which adopted a theft gone awry, Schaeffer was sixteen years previous. A U.S. Supreme Courtroom choice in 2012, Miller v. Alabama, required that new sentences be imposed for Schaeffer and 24 different Nebraskans who have been minors on the time they acquired life sentences.
On Jan. three, Corridor County District Decide Teresa Luther gave Schaeffer a brand new sentence of 70 to ninety years in jail, starting on Might 21, 1977.
Utilizing the brand new sentence, the Nebraska Division of Correctional Providers says Schaeffer can be eligible for parole on Feb. 20, 2033. His projected launch date is Oct. 21, 2043, at which era Schaeffer can be eighty two.
Schaeffer, fifty six, has been in jail for 39 years and 7 months. He’s at present on the Tecumseh State Correctional Establishment.
His hope for tasting freedom earlier than 2033 rests with the Nebraska Supreme Courtroom.