Third midstate man gets life sentence reduced in 1996 killing

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 12, 2017 8:45 PM

(Lancaster) --  A third man who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for the killing of a midstate convenience store clerk has had his sentence reduced.

Clarence Laudenberger was resentenced Wednesday to 21 years to life, making the 38-year-old immediately eligible for parole. No parole hearing has been set.

Laudenberger was 16 in 1996 when he and three other teens robbed a Lancaster store. Aramis Gonzalez III, also 16 at the time, fatally shot the clerk.

The two others, Rodney Lee Walton and Anthony Lewis, were resentenced last week and will serve about four more years before being eligible for parole. Gonzalez is scheduled for resentencing Dec. 13.

A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling deemed life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional, and a 2016 decision made that ruling retroactive.

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