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Friday, 22 February 2013 11:56

No-parole sentence thrown out in attack on parents

(PORT HURON) -- The Michigan appeals court has overturned a no-parole sentence for a St. Clair County woman who was convicted of killing her father and attempting to murder her mother. Tia Skinner's life sentence will be revisited because the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for teens convicted of murder. She was 17 at the time of the attack. Skinner could get the same sentence, but a judge will be allowed to consider many factors. Paul and Mara Skinner were attacked at their home in Yale in November 2010. Prosecutors said Skinner was angry at her parents and plotted with two young men, Jonathan Kurtz and James Preston, to carry out the crimes. She was in the basement. Skinner is getting a new hearing because it's her first appeal since the Supreme Court decision.