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  • Lawyer for Ore. school shooter seeks new sentence

  • PORTLAND, Ore. — It's been nearly 15 years since an Oregon teen fatally shot his parents, then embarked on a deadly high school shooting spree.
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  • PORTLAND, Ore. — It's been nearly 15 years since an Oregon teen fatally shot his parents, then embarked on a deadly high school shooting spree.
    Now Kip Kinkel's lawyer is asking a state judge to toss out his nearly 112-year sentence, based on a ruling last summer by the U.S. Supreme Court that dealt with mandatory life in prison without parole for juveniles.
    Kinkel was just 15 when he killed two fellow students at Thurston High School in Springfield and wounded 25 others in May 1998. He earlier shot and killed his parents at home.
    The Oregonian reports that Kinkel agreed to accept a plea deal to serve 25 years for the fatal shootings. However, a judge sentenced him in November 1999 to 111 years and eight months without the possibility of parole, factoring in time for attempted murder counts.
    In a petition filed March 27, Kinkel's lawyer seeks a new sentencing hearing. Oregon's attorney general must respond by next month. State Justice Department spokeswoman Ellen Klem declined comment.
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