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The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday vacated the life sentences of three men who were sent to prison when they were juvenilles

The high court cited a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down such sentences.  Douglas Mantich was sentenced for his role in a 1993 gang-related shooting death in Omaha and Eric Ramirez and Juan Castaneda were sentenced for their roles in a 2008 Omaha shooting spree that left two dead and one injured.

The three were teenagers when the crimes were committed.  While the state Supreme Court upheld the convictions of the three on Friday, it found the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that teenagers cannot be locked up for life without the chance of parole.