When Curtis Brooks received a life sentence without parole at the age of 15 for felony murder, he was convinced he would die in prison.
Even though he did not fire the shot which killed 24-year-old Christopher Ramos in April 1995, he was given the mandatory term — following a trial in which jurors were not given the full picture of his abusive childhood or told he didn’t have a criminal record.
Now, because of a US Supreme Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to hand out such lengthy sentences to juveniles convicted of murder, 39-year-old Brooks will be released on July 1 after being granted clemency by the Colorado governor last December.
“I am ready to get started on my new beginning,” says Brooks, the subject of Tuesday’s episode of the A&E docuseries “Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole” (10 p.m.).
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