Court throws out no-parole sentence for Iowa teen killer


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – One of the youngest teenage killers ever sentenced to life in prison for murder in Iowa will someday get a chance at parole.

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned Romeo Hardin’s life-without-parole sentence Friday and ordered a new sentencing hearing. The maximum sentence he will now face is life with the possibility of parole.

The court in May banned life-without-parole sentences for juveniles who commit murder when they’re under 18. Hardin is covered by that ruling.


Hardin was 15 in 1996 when he was charged with fatally shooting 21-year-old Augustas “Gus” Nance in Davenport. Hardin had a troubled childhood and the shooting was gang-related.

At a resentencing hearing in 2014, a judge had upheld Hardin’s life-without-parole sentence, saying he’s shown “little remorse” for the killing and had discipline problems in prison.

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