Woman Serving Life for Murder Gets New Sentence

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By Larry Burkum

NEVADA, Iowa - A woman sentenced to life in prison for murder when she was a juvenile is about to be set free.

Yvette Louisell was 17 when convicted of killing a 40-year-old man in 1988. She claimed self-defense in her trial, saying the older man tried to sexually assault her.

Friday, a judge gave her a new sentence of 25 years, and she's already served 26.

The re-sentencing follows an Iowa Supreme Court decision last summer that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are illegal.

The U.S. Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a 2012 ruling.
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