The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling came Monday in the case of Charles Williamson Jr., who was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender.
A judge sentenced him to one year in jail and lifetime parole, which the judge said was mandatory. The law says the two most serious levels of sex offenders are “subject to” lifetime parole — in addition to a jail sentence — if they are convicted of failing to register.
The SJC said the law makes it discretionary.
The SJC vacated Williamson’s sentence and sent the case back to the lower court for re-sentencing.
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