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Sweet Appeals Life With No Chance for Parole Sentence

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    April 21, 2014 | 7:13 am
    MANCHESTER, Iowa - The teen who pleaded guilty to killing his grandparents nearly two years ago is appealing his case.

    Earlier this month, a judge sentenced 19-year-old Isaiah Sweet to life in prison with no chance for parole.

    Online court records show Sweet filed an appeal in Delaware County yesterday. Those records don't indicate the reason for the appeal.

    Sweet was 17 when he shot and killed his grandparents in their Manchester home in May 2012.

    A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said sentencing a juvenile to life in prison with no chance for parole is unconstitutional, except in rare cases.

    The trial judge had determined Sweet is one of those rare cases.

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