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Sweet Sentencing Postponed

MANCHESTER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A mother pleads for her son's life in court. 

Isaiah Sweet faces life in prison without parole for killing his grandparents Richard and Janet Sweet. 

A judge moved Isaiah Sweet's sentencing hearing to march.

However, Sweet did appear in court this morning, as several family members explained how his actions changed their lives.

"He was wetting his pants because he was so traumatized that he couldn't control his bladder.

Stacy sweet couldnt hold back tears as she addressed the court on her son Isaiahs behalf.

"My son does have compassion. He has a compassionate heart, she said.

She described Isaiah Sweet as remorseful and begged the judge to give him a second chance at life.

She's up against three other relatives who say sweet's actions ruined their lives.

"He is someone whom cannot be trusted and who lacks the very basic instinct of caring about human life, said Janet Sweets daughter Angie Camlin.

Angie Camlin, Isaiahs aunt asked the judge to give him the maximum sentence possible, life in prison without parole.

Thats the sentence also being sought by the state, but Isaiahs lawyers say there is more to it.

"Isaiah has had a history of child abuse and neglect, said Psychologist Stephen Hart.

They brought in a psychologist who argued that even though sweet was 17 when he killed his grandparents.

His brain was functioning at a 12-year-old level

"He doesn't have a good emotional appreciation for the impact of his behavior on others, Hart said.

His lawyers are asking for 25 years in prison with a chance for parole.

After hearing both sides, the judge moved the sentence hearing to march 11th.

Sweet changed his plea last year to guilty.

By doing that, he will serve both first-degree murder sentences at the same time.
 
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