Life without parole not sought in 2009 slaying resentencing

February 19, 2018

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t seek a new life-without-parole sentence for a man convicted as a juvenile of the gang-related slaying of a rival in northeastern Pennsylvania, but he may end up spending life behind bars anyway.

Twenty-five-year-old Christian Kenyon was convicted of first-degree murder in the July 2009 death of 29-year-old Allen Fernandez. Because he was only 16, he must be resentenced following a U.S. Supreme Court ban on automatic life terms for juveniles.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that Lackawanna County prosecutors will seek a term of 35 years to life, but plan to ask that it run consecutively to sentences in another shooting and an armed robbery, for which Kenyon was earlier sentenced to 35½ to 71 years. Defense attorneys want the terms to run at the same time.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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