Man who committed murder as teen learns new fate - WNEM TV 5

Man who committed murder as teen learns new fate

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It's been more than 20 years since a brutal murder at a Mid-Michigan home, but now the man serving life behind bars for the crime had a second chance at having his sentence reduced.

Matthew Bentley was sentenced to life in prison without parole back in 1998 for the death of Betty Bardell.

Bardell was killed in Huron County's Colfax Township in 1997. Bentley was just 14 at the time of the killing and 15 when he was sentenced to life without parole.

A Supreme Court ruling in 2012 ordered all juveniles serving life to be re-sentenced. They made that ruling apply retroactively just two years later.

Bentley, now 34, appeared before a Bad Axe judge Monday. Under the Supreme Court's guidelines, the judge decided Bentley should spend the next 32 to 60 years in prison with the eligibility for parole.

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