Missouri Supreme Court to consider life sentence appeal

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 11:58 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether juveniles convicted of first-degree murder should be sentenced to life in prison.

Attorneys were scheduled to present arguments before the court Wednesday morning.

The appeal stems from the 2007 killing of a St. Louis police officer.

Suspect Antonio Andrews was 15 years old at the time and was charged as an adult. He was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Andrews' lawyer argues it's unconstitutional for Missouri to require a life sentence for juveniles because additional factors cannot be considered. The appeal also challenges Missouri's procedure for determining whether to charge juveniles as adults.

The Missouri attorney general's office contends both claims are meritless.


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