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Ind. teen who strangled brother seeks sentence cutInd. teen who strangled 10-year-old brother, admired serial killer wants life sentence reduced
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' Attorneys for an Indiana teenager who admitted strangling his 10-year-old brother say the teen's life sentence should be reduced because a judge didn't properly consider if he's mentally ill.
Lawyers will ask the Indiana Supreme Court on Monday to reduce 19-year-old Andrew Conley's sentence to 55 years. That could allow him to be released when he's in his 40s under Indiana sentencing laws.
Conley told police he choked his brother, Conner, in 2009 while wrestling at their home. He then loaded Conner's body into the trunk of his car and left it there while he met with his girlfriend. She testified that Conley admired a fictional TV serial killer.
Conley's attorney says the judge erred when he let an expert who'd never met Conley testify he might be a psychopath.
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