Man sentenced to life as teen gets new 28-year prison term

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who was sentenced as a teenager to life without parole for firing a gun into a group of teens, killing a 15-year-old student, has been re-sentenced to 28 years behind bars.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Hartford judge handed down the sentence to 28-year-old Anthony Allen on Tuesday. His lawyer says Allen will be eligible for parole in five or six years.

Allen’s resentencing comes after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional. State legislation in 2015 brought Connecticut in line with the ruling.

Prosecutors say the then-17-year-old Allen was convicted of murder in October 2005 for the shooting that killed Lorenzo Rowe earlier that year.

Allen’s lawyer told the judge Tuesday his client has changed.


Information from: Hartford Courant,

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