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Judges Question Teen's Life Sentence in Death

September 03, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Appeals court judges hearing the case of Lionel Tate, the teen whose lawyers said he was imitating pro wrestling moves when he killed a 6-year-old girl, questioned whether some children might be too young to be imprisoned with no chance of parole.

Tate, who was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, was too immature to understand what was at stake when he was sentenced to life without parole, his attorneys argued in a West Palm Beach courtroom. Judge Fred A. Hazouri asked what would stop prosecutors from charging a 6-year-old with murder.

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