- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The youngest of five people convicted in the deaths of six Kansas City firefighters will be resentenced in February.

Bryan Sheppard was sentenced to life in prison for an arson fire that sparked an explosion and killed the firefighters. Sheppard was 17 at the time of the November 1988 explosion.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/2j8Oct8 ) Sheppard was granted a new sentencing hearing after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to impose life without parole sentences on juveniles.

Sheppard, now 45, will be resentenced Feb. 15 and 16.

Firefighters Thomas Fry, Gerald Halloran, Luther Hurd, James Kilventon Jr., Robert D. McKarnin and Michael Oldham died in the explosion at a construction site in south Kansas City.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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