- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge has denied the appeals of two brothers who killed their parents and wanted their life-without-parole sentences tossed.

The Express-Times (https://bit.ly/1kpTgEf) said Lehigh County Judge William Ford on Tuesday denied the appeals of Bryan and David Freeman, who murdered their parents in their Salisbury Township home.

Their appeals were revived after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring mandatory life-without-parole terms for juvenile killers unconstitutional.

The brothers, described by prosecutors as neo-Nazi skinheads, were minors when the 1995 slayings occurred.

Ford cited a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling wouldn’t apply retroactively to previously sentenced inmates.

Prosecutors said Bryan Freeman stabbed his 48-year-old mother Brenda Freeman, and David Freeman bludgeoned their 54-year-old father Dennis Freeman. Their 11-year-old brother Erik also was fatally beaten.

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, https://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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