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More Life Sentences In 2009 St. Louis Murder

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ST. LOUIS (AP) A 21-year-old St. Louis man convicted of killing a woman has been resentenced to an additional three life sentences and 45 more years.

The new sentence for Ledale Nathan Jr. followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a former sentence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1tNhXiM ) Nathan was 16 when he killed 34-year-old Gina Stallis during a 2009 home invasion.

Nathan was sentenced to life without parole, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that automatic life sentences without parole were unconstitutional for juveniles.

After a week-long hearing in June, Nathan’s first-degree murder conviction was knocked down to second-degree. The jury then had to decide the appropriate penalty. Circuit Judge Robert Dierker on Friday followed the jury’s recommended punishment.

Nathan could be eligible for parole in 75 years.

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