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Indiana court strikes down 183-year prison term in 2 deaths

The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a northwestern Indiana man serving 183 years in prison for two slaying when he was 16.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 9:59 AM
Updated: Jul 2, 2019 9:27 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a northwestern Indiana man serving 183 years in prison for two slayings when he was 16.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the court decided 3-0 that a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that life without parole for juveniles is cruel and unusual punishment similarly applies to cases such as Donnell Wilson's where the sentence effectively is a no-parole one.

The Gary man could be eligible for release in 2104, when he would be 107. No timeline for resentencing is set. The ruling could be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Court records say Wilson, now 22, fatally shot brothers 19-year-old Shaqwone Ham and 18-year-old Charles Wood in a 2013 gang territory dispute in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood.

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