Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear sentence appeal

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from a man who claims a 115-year prison sentence imposed when he was 15 years old violates his constitutional rights.

Brandon Moore was tried as an adult and convicted by a jury in the August 2001 armed kidnapping, robbery and gang rape of a 21-year-old woman and drew the sentence from a Mahoning County judge in January 2008.

He claims a definite sentence that exceeds his life expectancy for crimes he committed as a juvenile violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/1jKBpGj ) reports that the state's high court agreed to hear the case this week after a 2-1 decision of the 7th District Court of Appeals in December 2013 left the sentence intact.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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