SECOND SENTENCE: Two Prisoners Get Re-Sentenced
Two Iowans serving life in prison for murder will be re-sentenced, due to a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court.
Thomas Bennett and Christina Lockheart were both 17 at the time of their crimes. Bennett killed a Des Moines man for his Social Security check in 1998. Lockheart murdered a man while burglarizing his home in 1985.
The Iowa Court of Appeals vacated their sentences today, citing a Supreme Court ruling that sentencing a minor to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, and is a violation of the US Constitution.
New sentencing dates for Bennett and Lockheart have not been set.