- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A man who was 17 at the time of the shooting death of another teenager in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity a decade ago is challenging his life sentence.

Paul Serrano III pleaded guilty in Northampton County to first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of 15-year-old Kevin Muzila of Bethlehem.

The (Easton) Express-Times (https://bit.ly/22qKqA2 ) reports that now-27-year-old Serrano argues in papers filed Friday that because of his age the life sentence violates his constitutional rights.

Prosecutors said another man ordered the death of a rival drug dealer in December 2006 but Serrano went to the wrong apartment and shot Muzila.

The resentencing request is the latest in a string of similar requests after the U.S. Supreme Court barred automatic life terms without parole for juveniles.


Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, https://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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