Court orders new sentencing in Davenport slaying

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Court of Appeals has thrown out two life sentences for an Iowa inmate convicted of killing a Davenport janitor when he was a teenager.

The court says Christopher Langley’s sentences of life in prison without parole have been rendered unconstitutional by state and federal court rulings that automatic life sentences for juvenile killers amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

The court says Langley must be resentenced on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, theft and kidnapping.

Langley was 16 when he was convicted in the 2004 murder of 53-year-old acquaintance Mark Willis. Two other teenagers were also convicted in the death.

Prosecutors say they beat and stabbed Willis to death and left his body in a creek. They then stole his car and bank card and traveled to Florida.

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