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St. Louis jury vacates juvenile’s life sentence

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A St. Louis jury has vacated a 21-year-old man’s life sentence for a fatal shooting he committed as a teen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury deliberated for about three hours Friday before announcing it could not reach a unanimous decision on whether Ledale Nathan Jr. should again receive life without parole for the shooting death of a 34-year-old mother of two. An off-duty police officer and a firefighter were also wounded in the October 2009 home invasion.

The jury vote means that Nathan’s conviction will be reduced to second-degree murder and a sentence of 10 to 30 years.

The Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Nathan after a 2012 U .S. Supreme Court decision declaring automatic life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

7 comments

  • rose

    Then quit putting them in adult court if the courts are not going to honor the sentence given to them by jurors. Jurors have guidelines they go by for sentencing.

  • Tim Wilson

    So this CONVICTED POS kills one person and wounds two others.
    Now the maximum he will serve will be 30 years.
    Why even have a trial?
    Just spin the wheel and see what it lands on.

  • lsl guy

    So dumb I wonder if the jury members would like it if he moved in next to them when he is released.

  • Groovy Chick

    I imagine the automatic life sentence without parole was put there so teens could not be executed for crimes that would for an adult be death sentences. I hope that means that juries can now opt for the death penalty. But of course, it won’t

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