Thursday, March 12, 2020

Superior Court rejects appeal from man who killed his mother when he was 14 years old

A Columbia man who fatally shot his mother in 1976 when he was 14 will not get any relief on his sentence despite being eligible for parole for the past three years, a Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

Gregory S. Sourbeer, now 58, argued that he should be resentenced to a shorter term and that his current minimum sentence of 25 years in prison is illegal, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

In 2017, Sourbeer was resentenced to 25 years to life and was given credit for his 41 years already served in prison, court records said, due to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.


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