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SALEM, OR -- Oregon's Court of Appeals has ruled Kip Kinkel's 112-year sentence will stand. Kinkel's attorney argued his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

 

In 1998, Kinkel shot and killed his parents before driving to Thurston High School and killing two others. He was 16 at the time of the shooting; Kinkel is now 33.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that juveniles can't receive mandatory life sentences. However, Kinkel's sentence wasn't a "mandatory life sentence." He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the four murders, and 40 months for each of the 26 wounded. 

 

The Appeals Court ruled the Supreme Court decision doesn't apply in this case. 

 

 

Photo Left: Kip Kinkel in 1998; Right: 2016

Courtesy Oregon Dept. of Corrections

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