- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

YORK, Neb. (AP) - A resentencing has been scheduled for a Nebraska inmate who killed his 12-year-old sister when he was 14.

A hearing is scheduled June 9 for Sydney Thieszen, the York News-Times said (https://bit.ly/1ekt4dN ). He was convicted of murder in 1988 for the slaying at their home near Henderson on Sept. 17, 1987. Thieszen, now 41, has been serving his life term at the Tecumseh prison.

After a hearing last week, a judge said Thieszen was entitled to resentencing in accordance with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile killers are unconstitutional.

Last year state lawmakers enacted a measure that ends mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree murder; the guidelines now call for a sentence of 40 years to life.

Thieszen initially was convicted of second-degree murder and use of a firearm. He was given life in prison and 80 to 240 months on the weapons charge. He was resentenced in 1996 after the original case was challenged. At his second sentencing, he was given life in prison without the possibility of parole and six to 20 years for using the firearm.

Prosecutors said Thieszen hit his sister, Sacha, in the back of the head with a wooden closet rod and then shot her in the head from a foot away with a .22-caliber revolver. Thieszen then placed her in an empty bathtub and, from inches away, shot her twice more, in the forehead and chest.

Prosecutors said Thieszen killed his sister because he was afraid she would tell police he was running away from home. Thieszen had taken the revolver from his brother’s room.


Information from: York News-Times, https://www.yorknewstimes.com

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