Court Hears Appeal Arguments in Sheridan Killing

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Court Hears Appeal Arguments in Sheridan Killing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A lawyer for a Sheridan man serving a life sentence for his role in a home invasion killing urged the Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday to throw out his sentence. Wyatt Bear Cloud was originally sentenced to life in prison in the 2009 killing of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst. Bear Cloud was 16 at the time.

After the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders, a state judge re-sentenced Bear Cloud to life but allowed the chance for parole after 25 years for the killing and about 10 more years on a burglary conviction.

Cheyenne lawyer Deborah Roden represents Bear Cloud. She urged the court to rule Bear Cloud's current sentence still amounts to an unconstitutional life sentence given his age and life expectancy in prison.

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