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Edgar Concepcion Jr.

CHARLES CITY — A district court judge has denied a Charles City teen’s challenge to his sentence of life in prison for the murder of his 3-year-old cousin.

Edgar Concepcion Jr., 16, was sentenced to two terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole in November for first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in connection with the death of Krystel Banes, also of Charles City, in July 2009. Conception was 14 at the time of her death.

Concepcion’s attorney, Judy O’Donohoe, filed the challenge, stating any life sentence without parole for offenses committed by a minor violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

In his ruling on the challenge, Judge Bryan McKinley stated both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court acknowledge that juveniles who commit homicide are subject to harsh penalties, including serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. 

— By Mary Pieper

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