St. Louis jury vacates juvenile’s life sentence
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.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com