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.