During Masalmani's resentencing hearing, his attorney, Valerie Newman, presented his confession to the court as evidence that he had matured in prison, but also in the hopes that it would lessen Taylor's sentence. Judge Druzinski and the prosecutor declined requests for an interview, but given that Taylor and Masalmani were both resentenced to life, it appears that Masalmani's confession had little impact.

“Judges are focusing on the crime, and that's not what Miller is about,” says Newman. “These are all bad crimes. We know that. What we're doing is looking at whether or not someone is irreparably corrupt, or whether they have potential for rehabilitation.”

When he was initially sentenced, Taylor apologized to Landry's family, not as an admission of guilt, but because “[Landry] lost his life for something that was not necessary.” Taylor's mother also expressed her condolences to the Landry family.

Masalmani has also wanted to reach out to the Landrys, though he says his words and actions would do little to ease their pain, but his lawyer has advised him not to. Newman also wanted to contact the Landry family as well, after Masalmani's hearing. “I'm a big believer in restorative justice and I think these folks have got to be in tremendous pain, and sitting through that hearing had to have been tremendously difficult,” she said. “I just wanted to let them know that I feel their pain. Criminal defense attorneys are not heartless people. I would like them to understand that this is in no way meant as a disservice to Matt Landry's life.”

For now, Taylor and Masalmani are appealing their resentencing, but there is also a case, People v. Skinner, which could affect theirs and other Michigan JLWOP cases.

In August 2015, Judge Borrello heard the appeal of Tia Skinner, who was sentenced to life without parole for a crime committed when she was 17. He ruled that based on the Sixth Amendment, a jury, not the judge, should determine whether a minor's crime is evidence of “irreparable corruption” warranting a life without parole sentence. The case is now with the Michigan Supreme Court.

Taylor is hopeful that he will one day be released. He says that it isn't that he's oblivious to reality, just that what you put your mind to is what manifests, so he doesn't like to focus too much on the fact that he is currently in prison for the rest of his life. Still, he doesn't tell people that he thinks that one day he'll be released. “Having hope is a sign of weakness,” he said. “I got a lot of time. You don't want to be soft in here.”

Taylor sticks to himself, to stay out of trouble, and spends much of his time listening to and writing music. When he is released from prison, he plans to leave Michigan, perhaps go to Florida, perhaps New York, to pursue his music career. He hopes to be a successful rapper.

“There is nothing, nothing, that can bring me down. Nothing can stop me from having hope of anything that I'm putting my mind into. Nothing,” he said. “I don't care if you tell me no a million times. I'm going to still be like, yeah, whatever. They got to bury me with that.”

This article was reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, now known as Type Investigations.