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Pa. teenager gets 60 years in prison for killing girl

Aug. 27, 2013 at 4:16 PM

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh-area 16-year-old received a minimum sentence of 60 years in prison for the killing of a girl, 17, court documents said.

Attorneys for Akeem Page-Jones, convicted in May of first-degree murder in the death of mentally challenged Teesa Williams, argued Monday before Allegheny County, Pa., Common Pleas Judge Jill Rangos that abuse suffered early in his life from his crack-addicted mother should mitigate the harshest of sentences.

Rangos sentenced Page-Jones to at least 60 years to a maximum of life in prison, plus 10 years, in the first local case of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer mandatory terms of life without parole for juvenile offenders was unconstitutional, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.

Williams was shot in the face, and her Penn Hills, Pa., house was set on fire, in March 2011.

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