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Murder appeal transferred to Mo. high court

Murder appeal transferred to Mo. high court

November 20th, 2012 in News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - An appeal stemming from a juvenile's life prison sentence has been transferred to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ledale Nathan was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges for his involvement in a 2009 St. Louis home invasion and robbery in which one person was killed and two were shot. He was 16 at the time.

Under Missouri law, the punishment for first-degree murder is death or life in prison without probation or parole. Nathan's attorney argues that is unconstitutional because he was a juvenile.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is unconstitutional for states to pass laws automatically sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District transferred the case Tuesday to the state Supreme Court.