July 29, 2013

New sentencing hearings ordered for 4 N.H. teenage killers

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire judge has ordered new sentencing hearings for four men who were convicted of murder in separate cases while they were teenagers.

Television station WMUR reports that Judge Larry Smukler has ruled the men should get new sentencing hearings due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles were unconstitutional.

The four include Robert Tulloch, one of two Chelsea, Vt., teens convicted in the 2001 murders of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop.

Also requesting new hearings were Robert Dingman, who was 17 when he and his brother killed their parents.

Eduardo Lopez was convicted of killing a man during a robbery attempt in 1993.

And Michael Soto was convicted as an accomplice to first-degree murder in 2007.

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