Nearly 90 convicted murderers in North Carolina could have a new chance at freedom after a decision in Washington on Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life sentences for teenage murderers if the crime happened before they were 18.
"The Supreme Court never lost a child -- they're just a bunch of hot shots sitting there making decisions," said Andrea Long, the mother of two boys shot dead by Montrez Williams in 2008.
Long is not hiding her outrage over the court’s decision.
Because Williams was under 18 when he pulled the trigger, he could now have a shot at parole.
Long has already written the U.S. Attorney General and rallied victims' families online.
Mecklenburg County Assistant Public Defender, Robert Singagliese, supports the Supreme Court.
"That's a wonderful thing because it will allow our courts and our office to right some wrongs," he said.
According to Singagliese, judges will be able to consider a convicted teen's past before punishment instead of an automatic life sentence. Factors considered before sentencing could include whether the child was abused, neglected or molested, Singagliese said.
"We have people that live in this city who deal with molestation, mental illness and a lot of other illnesses," Long said. "They don't gun down innocent people."
The Supreme Court decision could also affect cases of teens waiting on trial. The teens could see their cases delayed while they wait for state lawmakers to set new sentencing guidelines.
One example is Matthew Liewald's pending murder case. Liewald is accused of shooting his father and stepmother in their home south of Pineville in September 2011.
Singagliese represents Liewald. He would not comment specifically on the case but said he and the District Attorney will have to negotiate several things.
Liewald is set to be in court July 5, but Singagliese said he will not be arraigned on first-degree murder charges until the fall.’