Indiana man convicted in double slaying wants 100-year sentence cut

A northeastern Indiana man convicted as a teenager in his mother and stepfather’s 1994 slayings is seeking to have his 100-year sentence shortened.

Aaron Brown’s request for post-conviction relief contends court rulings have found that imposing a “de facto life sentence” on a juvenile is improper when their juvenile status isn’t considered.

Brown’s attorney told a DeKalb County judge Tuesday that prosecutors haven’t provided any facts showing Brown’s youth was considered at his sentencing.

County Prosecutor ClaraMary Winebrenner opposes Brown’s request. She argued he could serve his sentence in 46 years, saying that’s “not close to a life sentence.”

The (Auburn) Star reports Brown pleaded guilty to two murder counts in Elizabeth Ann Grueb and Jeffrey E. Grueb’s fatal February 1994 shootings. He was 16 when they were slain.

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