MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A judge is considering whether an Iowa teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his grandparents should ever deserve another chance at freedom.
District Judge Michael Shubatt is expected to announce his sentence Tuesday for Isaiah Sweet in the May 2012 shooting deaths of Janet and Richard Sweet at their home in Manchester.
Sweet has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his legal guardians.
Those charges normally carry automatic prison sentences of life without parole. But because Sweet was 17 at the time, he may qualify for a lesser sentence under rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court that require judges to consider whether juvenile offenders can be rehabilitated.
Sweet's defense has asked for a chance for parole after 25 years.