Nebraskan to be resentenced for killing sister

By: AP
By: AP

York, NE (AP) - A re-sentencing has been scheduled for a Nebraska inmate who killed his 12-year-old sister when he was 14.

The York News-Times says the hearing is scheduled June 9 for Sydney Thieszen. He was convicted of murder in 1988 for killing his sister, Sacha, at their home near Henderson on Sept. 17, 1987. The 41-year-old has been serving his life term at the Tecumseh prison.

After a March 12 hearing, a judge ruled that Thieszen was entitled to resentencing in accordance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers is unconstitutional.

Last year state lawmakers enacted a measure that ends mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree murder. The guidelines now call for a sentence of 40 years to life for the juveniles.

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