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Sheridan suspect gets new sentence hearing

Aug 28, 2013 - The Associated Press

SHERIDAN -- A Sheridan teenager involved in the 2009 home invasion slaying of a businessman is getting a new sentencing hearing.

Wyatt Bear Cloud originally had received a life sentence for his role in the killing of 79-year-old Robert Ernst.

District Judge John Fenn is presiding at the hearing in Sheridan on Wednesday.

The United States Supreme Court ordered Wyoming to grant Bear Cloud a new sentencing hearing following a ruling in an Alabama case that judges must consider options other than life in prison for juveniles convicted of murder.

Another teenager who fired the shots that killed Ernst is set to be resentenced later this year. He was 15 and Bear Cloud was 16 at the time. The third defendant was 18 and is also asking for a new sentencing hearing.

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