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Pa. inmate convicted as teen given life term again

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania inmate who was a 14-year-old gang member when he fatally shot another teenager has lost his bid for a sentence reduction.

Twenty-two-year-old Qu’eed (kwah-EED’) Batts was sentenced Friday morning to life in prison without parole.

The state Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Batts following a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ban on mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles. Judges and juries must now take into account a defendant’s age, the nature of the crime and other evidence in imposing such a sentence.

Batts was convicted in the 2006 shooting death of Clarence Edwards and the wounding of another teenager in Easton.

Northampton County Judge Michael Koury sentenced Batts to die behind bars, citing “the premeditated, calculated and callous nature” of the killing.

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