- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a new sentence for a Mason City man convicted in 2009 of first-degree murder.

The Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1HkVBjC ) the court Friday sent the case of 24-year-old Damion Seats to district court for resentencing.

Seats was 17 when he was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the 2008 shooting death of Isidoro Erreguin, of Mason City.

A jury convicted Seats, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life sentences for juveniles was cruel and unusual punishment, Gov. Terry Branstad commuted sentences of juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to life with the possibility of parole after 60 years.

The district court upheld the sentence. Seats appealed, leading to Friday’s decision.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/



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