- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The life prison sentence given to a man convicted in the 1995 murder of a West Fargo woman will be reviewed next week.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/2gNwMm6 ) reports a post-conviction relief hearing is scheduled for Barry Garcia in Cass County District Court.

Garcia was 16 years old when he was convicted in the fatal shooting of 50-year-old Cheryl Tendeland while she, her husband and a friend were sitting in a car. He was sentenced to life without parole after being tried an adult.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that people who committed murder before turning 18 could not automatically receive life sentences without the possibility of parole. State’s Attorney Birch Burdick says he expects Garcia’s lawyer to argue for a more lenient sentence.

Garcia is in federal prison in California and will appear at the hearing by telephone.


Information from: KFGO-AM, https://www.kfgo.com

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