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Killer gets chance at probation in counselor death

June 26, 2014
Associated Press

SHARON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man who was just 17 when he killed a counselor while escaping from a juvenile detention center now has a chance at parole.

Twenty-seven-year-old Anthony Machicote has been re-sentenced to life in prison — but this time with a recommendation that he be considered for parole when he turns 58.

Machicote was resentenced Tuesday by a Mercer County judge after he appealed the mandatory life sentence he received for the November 2003 strangulation of Wayne Urey at George Junior Republic, a reform school and detention center.

Urey was beaten then gagged with socks — which led to his death — as Machicote and another teen escaped.

Machicote appealed under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision which made mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers illegal. Machicote had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.



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