- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former Johnson County physician who killed two of her children in a 1995 arson fire wants a new sentencing hearing.

Debora Green, now 63, argues that her life sentence with no chance of parole for 40 years is unconstitutional, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1wAZxG1 ) reported.

A number of Kansas inmates are seeking to be resentenced after a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found the kind of sentence Green received must be considered by a jury. Green’s sentence was imposed solely by a judge in accordance with Kansas law in place at the time.

Since the ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court has reversed several murder sentences that were decided by judges, not juries.

A hearing on Green’s motion is scheduled for Jan. 22.

Green had been in the midst of bitter divorce proceedings with her estranged husband when their Prairie Village home burned in 1995, killing Tim Farrar, 13, and Kelly Farrar, 6. Another daughter, who was 10, climbed out a window to escape.

Green pleaded no contest and was found guilty of starting the fire. She also pleaded no contest to the attempted murder of her estranged husband by poisoning him.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Green is not eligible for parole until 2035 under her current sentence.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com


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