Inmate from Watertown seeks to get life sentence overturned

    WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota state prison inmate from Watertown who was given a life sentence when she was a teenager is trying to get the sentence overturned.
     Jessi Owens was 17 when she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1998 hammer beating death of David Bauman. Authorities say Owens and another teen went to Bauman's house to steal money.
     A U.S. Supreme Court decision last year said mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile homicide offenders violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. KWAT radio reports that the now-33-year-old Owens has filed a motion claiming she received an illegal sentence.
     Owens appeared before Judge Robert Timm on Wednesday. He will issue a ruling later. 

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Locations : South DakotaWatertown
People : David BaumanJessi OwensRobert Timm
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