- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) - A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after a state appeals court earlier struck down his prior punishment for the 2005 killing in East Texas of his friend’s stepfather.

The sentence Thursday for Colton Weir includes the possibility of parole after he serves at least 30 years.

A state appeals court determined last month his rights were violated when he was sentenced in 2007 to life without parole. The U.S. Supreme Court had previously ruled that sentencing juveniles without the possibility of parole was unconstitutional.

The Daily Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1ySAbTL ) 25-year-old Shaina Sepulvado was resentenced Wednesday for the same reason.

Weir, Sepulvado and four others were involved in a murder-for-hire scheme to kill Sepulvado’s stepfather, 32-year-old James Kelly. He was fatally shot at his Cushing home.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel (TX), https://dailysentinel.com

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