Missouri man convicted in boy’s kidnapping and death in 1998 resentenced

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man sentenced to life for murdering a 5-year-boy has been resentenced to 50 years in prison.

Leobardo Barraza was 16 when Jesus “Jessie” Ramirez was killed in 1998 in Lincoln County. Prosecutors said Barraza and another man killed Jessie’s mother, Maria Eloiza, and beat Ramirez to death with a rock.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports investigators believed the killings occurred because Eloiza rejected advances from Barraza, her co-worker.

Barraza, who is now 37, was convicted in 2008 in St. Louis of kidnapping resulting in death. He was re-sentenced Wednesday.

His life sentence was among several cases re-examined after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a life sentence without parole were unconstitutional.

A co-defendant, Jose Jesus Hernandez, has been charged but is still at large.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

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