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Judge Upholds Sentence of Man Convicted as Teen

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Scott County judge has ruled that a man given a life sentence for his role in the 1993 killing of a teenager will remain imprisoned.

Scott County District Judge Joel Barrows on Friday upheld the life sentence given to 38-year-old Jason Means, who was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Michelle Jensen.

The Iowa Supreme Court had ordered a resentencing in Means’ case because he was convicted as a juvenile. The decision followed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2010 limiting life-without-parole sentences given to juveniles.

The Quad-City Times reports that before upholding Means’ sentence, the judge noted he already has the possibility for parole.

Means was one of six people convicted in the shooting of Jensen.