Ernst Murderer Re-sentenced in District Court

Ernst Murderer Re-sentenced in District Court

A re-sentencing hearing for 20-year-old Dharminder Vir Sen was held in Fourth Judicial District Court in Sheridan Thursday. Sen was convicted of First Degree Murder for the 2009 home invasion killing of Robert Ernst of Sheridan and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2010.

He was also convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Burglary. After a full day of testimony from Defense witnesses that included a forensic psychiatrist and several family members of the defendant, District Court Judge John Fenn sentenced Sen to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years of incarceration.

The sentence handed down for the conspiracy charge was for 20-25 years and will run concurrent with the murder sentence. Fenn sentenced Sen to 20-25 years for aggravated burglary, which will run consecutive with the conspiracy and murder sentences.

The re-sentencing was the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed life without parole sentences for minors was unconstitutional, which in turn prompted the Wyoming State Legislature to change statute regarding life sentences for minors.

In April of last year, the Wyoming Supreme Court remanded the case back to District Court for re-sentencing. Sen was 15 years old when he committed the crimes.

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