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Life Sentences Thrown Out In Davenport Murder Case

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The Iowa Court of Appeals has thrown out the two life sentences for Iowa inmate, Christopher Langley in the killing of a Davenport janitor.

Langley was a teenager at the time of the 2004 murder of 53-year-old acquaintance, Mark Willis. The court says that the sentences of life in prison without parole have been ruled unconstitutional by state and federal courts because automatic life sentences for juvenile killers amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Langley will be re-sentenced on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, theft and kidnapping. Langley was 16 at the time and two other teenagers were also convicted in the death. 

Prosecutors say the teens beat and stabbed Willis to death and left his body in a creek. They then stole his car and bank card and traveled to Florida.

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