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Illinois justices weigh harshness of 19-year-old's life term

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A state prosecutor told the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday that a man who was 19 when he participated in a double murder in 1993 shouldn't be able to claim his life sentence was unfair because he was armed and aware of the plot to kidnap and punish rival gang members.
Antonio House maintains that he was a young lookout “some distance away” away during the gang-revenge slayings in Chicago and was therefore improperly sentenced to life for the murders and two consecutive 30-year terms for kidnapping.
House has been appealing the case since 2001. He's attempting to...
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Illinois Supreme Court weighs harshness of 19-year-old's life sentence

Illinois Supreme Court weighs harshness of 19-year-old's life sentence

1 month ago   |   By Chicago Tribune

Fifteen years after the U.S. Supreme Court decreed that minors' lack of maturity warrants different treatment in criminal courts from adults, the state's high court hears oral arguments about applying similar standards to those under 21.
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