Iowa Woman Gets New Sentence After Court Ruling

Ruthann Veal is seen at the Mitchellville Women's Correctional Facility in Mitchellville, Iowa, Oct. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Holly McQueen, Des Moines Register)

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By Katie Stinson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa woman convicted of murder when she was a teenager has been given a new sentence that allows parole.

Ruthann Veal received life in prison with the possibility of parole on Monday at Black Hawk County District Court.

Veal was 14 when she was charged as an adult in the 1993 killing of Catherine Haynes, of Waterloo. A jury found her guilty two years later, and Veal was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that such sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. It has paved the way for other Iowa prisoners like Kristina Fetters, who was recently resentenced and given parole for hospice care.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports there's no guarantee Veal, now 35, will receive a parole hearing.

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