Jury Deliberates Reducing Juvenile's Life Sentence
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis jury has begun deliberating whether to reduce a 21-year-old's life sentence for a fatal shooting he committed as a teen.
Ledale Nathan Jr. was 16 when he and an accomplice burglarized a home and began shooting. An off-duty police officer and a firefighter were injured, and 34-year-old Gina Stallis was killed.
Nathan was convicted of first-degree murder and received an automatic sentence of life without parole before the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that such sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.
The Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Nathan and could do in another 80 similar cases after the federal court ruling.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nathan will be convicted of second-degree murder if the jury rules against life without parole.