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People v. Edwards

Section 3051 violates equal protection by denying youthful offender parole hearings for those sentenced under the one strike law.

Defendants were convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and robbery based on incidents that occurred when they were 19 years old. They received life terms under the one strike law. The sentences were not cruel and unusual. However, the sentences violated equal protection provisions in that they were excluded from the provisions of Penal Code section 3051, which mandates youthful -offender parole hearings for most who receive de facto life sentences for crimes they committed at or before age 25.

____ Cal.App.5th ____, ____ Cal.Rptr.3d ____, 2019 D.A.R. 3069 (1st Dist. 2019) April 10, 2019 (A147103)

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