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Court: Appeal in midstate murder case came decades too late

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 8, 2016 6:18 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A judge has rejected the appeal of a central Pennsylvania man convicted of killing his landlord more than 40 years ago, saying it was filed decades after his window for review expired.

The state Superior Court ruled that Richard Raymond Allen's "judgment of sentence" in the March 1975 slaying of Ray Mylan "became final in 1980" but he still recently appealed his first-degree murder conviction.

Allen pleaded guilty in Lancaster County to killing Mylin in July 1975, and a jury tasked with determining his degree of guilt convicted him of first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence.

Allen argued that he believed he was being sentenced for third-degree murder, but the appeals court said there was no new evidence or developments in the case.

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