Court Reviews Sheridan Teen's Life Sentence

Court Reviews Sheridan Teen's Life Sentence

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A lawyer for a Sheridan teenager convicted of murder in a home invasion killing urged the Wyoming Supreme Court on Thursday to determine that the teen's life sentence was unconstitutional.

Lawyer Kirk Morgan represents 18-year-old Wyatt Bear Cloud, 1 of 3 teens convicted in the August 2009 killing of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst.

Morgan asked state supreme court justices to expand on last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning juvenile life sentences in non-murder cases. Morgan emphasized Bear Cloud didn't pull the trigger.

Lawyer Jeffrey Pope of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't apply to Bear Cloud's case. He pointed out that Bear Cloud and the other teens had armed themselves before breaking into Ernst's home.

The court will issue a written decision later.

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