Lawyers weighing issues in resentencing of teen rapist


YOUNGSTOWN

Lawyers appeared in court Wednesday to discuss issues bound to come up at the April 17 resentencing hearing of a man who committed a brutal 2001 rape as a 15-year-old.

The Ohio Supreme Court vacated the 112-year prison sentence of Brandon Moore, now 31, and sent the case back to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The high court ruled that sentencing a juvenile convicted of a nonhomicide offense to a sentence that exceeds his or her life expectancy constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Judge Maureen A. Sweeney will have to provide Moore with a meaningful opportunity for release within his lifetime.

Read more about the case in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy..com.

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