Inmate can argue for new sentence in ’93 slaying

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is opening the door for a possible shorter sentence for a man serving life in prison in the 1993 murder of a Davenport teenager.

The court ruled Wednesday that 37-year-old Jason Means can argue that he deserves a resentencing in light of state and federal court rulings that life sentences for juveniles may be unconstitutional.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/157ipLt ) says Means was one of six people convicted in the shooting of 17-year-old Michelle Jensen. He was sentenced to life in prison on first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder.

Means had been unsuccessful in arguing that his sentence was unconstitutional. But Iowa’s high court changed its view on lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders earlier this month, saying judges must consider a number of factors in each case.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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