Man re-sentenced to life without parole

Nathan Boyd was re-sentenced to life without parole at 10:30 this morning for a 1999 murder.

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2018 4:59 PM

Nathan Boyd has been re-sentenced to life without parole for the 1999 murder of local restaurant owner, Danny Sledge.

Boyd was 17 when he and his brother, Eric Boyd, committed the murder. He was convicted in 2001 to serve life without parole. A 2012 Supreme Court decision stated that it's unconstitutional to sentence a minor to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, which led to a re-sentencing hearing that began on September 6, 2018.

Nathan Boyd (right) and Eric Boyd (left)

The Supreme Court ruling has caused at least one other re-sentencing hearing in Alabama in a murder case in Lawrence County. The judge has yet to make a ruling in that case.

Boyd does have the option to appeal the ruling today, but there is no word from his attorneys if they plan to do so.

Danny Sledge's sister, Mary Rippey, said that Sledge's family has been waiting on this day for six years.

"It's a never ending nightmare for us, but we're hoping this will close the door, so we can grieve my brother properly," Rippey said.

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