Judge Resentences Lifer to 25 Years in Prison

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa inmate who was given life in prison when she was a juvenile has been re-sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Story County District Court Judge James Ellefson issued the sentence Friday for 43-year-old Yvette Louisell. It's scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 10.

Louisell was convicted in 1988 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Keith Stilwell, of Ames. She was 18 when she began serving her sentence.

The Des Moines Register reports the resentencing makes Louisell eligible for release, because of time already served.

The resentencing follows an Iowa Supreme Court decision last summer that ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles were illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a 2012 ruling.
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