Man sentenced to life as teenager resentenced to 25 years

February 27, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man previously sentenced to life in prison as a teenager has been resentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison.

Michael Soto was 17 when he was convicted of the 2007 murder of Aaron Kar. WMUR-TV reports the 29-year-old was resentenced Tuesday, with the judge also including a chance for one year to be suspended in Soto’s new 25-year sentence.

Soto has already served 11 years in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 2012 ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence juvenile offenders to mandatory life imprisonment without parole. The New Hampshire Supreme Court then ruled in 2014 that those previously sentenced for murder as teenagers should receive new sentencing hearings.

Soto apologized for his actions at Tuesday’s hearing, and his attorneys had no comment.


Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com