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Jan 17, 2014 - The Associated Press

Murder convict resentenced

SHERIDAN -- A man serving life without parole in a Sheridan home-invasion killing will be eligible for parole after 35 years, a district judge ruled on Thursday.

Judge John Fenn on Thursday sentenced Dharminder Sen, 20, to serve life according to the law on a conviction of first-degree murder. If Sen is paroled after serving at least 35 years on the murder conviction, he would then begin serving another sentence of 20 to 25 years on an aggravated burglary conviction.

Sen and two other teens were convicted of killing Robert Ernst in 2009. Authorities say Sen was 15 when he shot and killed Ernst. All three teens were convicted of murder and received life sentences.

Fenn resentenced Sen in response to rules the U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted for juveniles that required judges to consider alternatives to sentences of life without parole.

Wyatt Bear Cloud, who was 16, was resentenced last year in response to the new Supreme Court rules and could be freed after 35 years. He's appealing his sentence in the Wyoming Supreme court.

Dennis Poitra Jr., who was 18, also is seeking a sentence reduction.

Private service for soldier

CHEYENNE -- A private funeral service will be Saturday for a Wyoming Army National Guard pilot who died in Afghanistan last week.

Twenty-seven-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams was one of three people who died Friday at Bagram Airfield after the reconnaissance plane they were on crashed. He was awarded a Bronze Star after his death.

McAdams is a 2004 graduate of Cheyenne's East High and leaves a wife and a three-month-old daughter. His mother, father and brother live in Cheyenne. McAdams enlisted in the Guard's Blackhawk unit while still in high school.

The National Guard says his family wants to grieve in private but a public celebration of his life will be held later.

The crash is being investigated.

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