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No lighter sentence for man convicted of Shiawassee County murder as teen

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Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM EDT
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CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend when they were teenagers in 1970 won’t get a shorter prison sentence.

A Shiawassee County judge says Daniel Wheeler will continue to serve a life sentence with no chance for parole. Wheeler has been in prison for nearly 50 years.

Wheeler was convicted of killing 16-year-old Erlinda Paz. Wheeler’s conviction carried a mandatory life sentence with no chance for parole.

But a U.S. Supreme Court decision reopened his case and many more across the country. The court said someone under 18 can’t automatically be treated like an adult.

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