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Man convicted of murdering Chris Paul’s grandfather eligible for parole in new sentence

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Nathaniel Cauthen (left) is convicted of murdering Chris Paul's grandfather in 2002. (Chris Paul image via Getty Images)

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man who received a life sentence for killing the grandfather of NBA star Chris Paul now has a chance for parole, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Nathaniel Cauthen, 29, was just 15 when he was charged along with his brother and three other teenagers with the death of Nathaniel Jones, who was found bound, gagged and beaten Nov. 15, 2002. Cauthen and his brother, Rayshawn Denard Banner, who was also a juvenile at the time, were the only two sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that judges cannot give mandatory life sentences to juveniles. This year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that its previous ruling would be applied retroactively.

Cauthen was convicted of first-degree murder in August 2004 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. On Monday, Judge John O. Craig of Forsyth Superior Court resentenced Cauthen to life with the possibility of parole. Cauthen would be eligible for parole in 2029. He would have served 25 years in prison by that time.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal