- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A man serving a 261-year prison sentence for his role in the 1996 shooting death of a Pierre taxi cab driver wants his sentence reduced.

Shawn Springer is now 35 years old. He was 16 at the time of the robbery and killing of cab driver Michael Hare. He appealed his sentence after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that prohibits mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles.

Springer’s attorney, Jamie Damon, told the South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday that Springer was given what amounts to a life sentence. Damon says that’s too harsh.

State prosecutors say Springer’s sentence does carry the possibility of parole, when Springer turns 49.

Supreme Court justices will rule later.


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