- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A judge on Wednesday resentenced a man convicted of killing three people in a Minneapolis market six years ago when he was a teenager.

Mahdi Hassan Ali, now 23, got a new sentence for one of the killings that would make him eligible for parole after 30 years. But with Ali’s original punishment for the two other victims - life with parole after 30 years, to be served consecutively - he would be older than 100 before his possible release, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1Z6tJ6f ) reported.

Ali had been given a mandatory sentence of life without parole in one of the killings. But the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014 vacated Ali’s mandatory life without parole sentence after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles amount to cruel and unusual punishment. The court, however, didn’t rule out such sentences for teens altogether, only the mandatory aspect.

Ali was one of eight people in Minnesota serving mandatory terms of life without parole for murders they were convicted of committing when they were teens.

Prosecutors say Ali was 17 when he fatally shot three people on Jan. 6, 2010, at Seward Market and Halal Meat.

Ali was accused of killing 28-year-old market employee Osman Elmi; his 30-year-old cousin Mohamed Warfa; and 31-year-old customer, Anwar Mohammed, during a robbery attempt. An accomplice pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com


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