NH Man Who Killed Parents as Teen Requests Lighter Sentence

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Alex Matthews

A New Hampshire man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a teenager for killing his parents hopes a judge will reconsider the case and give him a lighter sentence.

A hearing began Monday over whether Robert Dingman, who was 17 when he and his brother killed his parents, should serve 25 years. The Foster's Daily Democrat reports Dingman is counting on testimony from a forensic psychologist who argued he shouldn't be treated the same as an adult murderer because his brain was not fully formed. The Attorney General's office wants a longer sentence.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional to sentence juvenile offenders to mandatory life imprisonment without parole. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that teenagers convicted of murder should receive new sentencing hearings.

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