- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled a Casper man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager has the possibility of parole.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1vQ7GUN ) Edwin “Ike” Mares was convicted of murder in 1995, two years after a woman was killed as he and three other teenagers were breaking into a Casper home. The group waited until the home’s resident left to sneak in, but Mares’ fellow burglar, Victor Madrid, was surprised by another woman coming out of the bathroom.

Madrid stabbed 76-year-old house guest, Velma Filener, repeatedly. Mares said he witnessed the attack but didn’t participate.

The Wyoming Supreme Court’s decision Thursday comes after Gov. Matt Mead signed a state law in February 2013 to end mandatory life sentences for juveniles, giving them a chance at parole after 25 years.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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