The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is asking the state Supreme Court to review whether convicted murderer Bobby Bowden should be released after 38 years in prison.
Bowden was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder Dec. 15, 1976. He was accused of killing two people at a convenience store.
At the time he was sentenced, a life sentence was considered to be 80 years. The law was changed in 1981 to cut sentences in half, but changed again in 1994 to cut back on prisons being released early.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 20 by a 3-0 decision that the earlier laws should be applied.