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Life in Prison without Parole Decision Upheld

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has upheld a life in prison without parole sentence for a man convicted of murder when he was a juvenile.

Scott County District Judge Joel W. Barrows decided Tuesday to keep the sentence for Romeo Hardin. Barrows says he based his decision on Hardin's lack of remorse, as well has his behavior in prison.

Hardin was 16 when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1996 shooting death of Augustus "Gus" Nance in Davenport.

Barrows' decision follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said it is unconstitutional to sentence teenagers to life without the chance of parole. Barrows said during the sentencing hearing that Iowa judges need further guidance from the state Supreme Court on such cases.

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