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Man in prison for life in 1995 slaying gets shorter sentence

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP) -

A man who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in a 1995 slaying that took place when he was 16 has been given a shorter sentence.

Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul Sullivan told 37-year-old Juan Cantu that: "A 16-year-old would know, I believe, how very, very wrong the things that you and your co-defendant did that day were."

The Grand Rapids Press reports Cantu apologized.

Cantu was recommended for re-sentencing after the U.S. Supreme Court determined mandatory no-parole sentences are a cruel and unusual punishment for minors.

Forsyth recommended Cantu for a shortened sentence only because he did not actually kill Holland resident Daniel VanTatenhove. Cantu also is serving 50 to 80 years for kidnapping, which exceeds the maximum 40- to 60-year sentence he received Wednesday.

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