Local Murderer Appeals Life w/o Parole Sentence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla A Callaway woman convicted of murder is challenging her sentence of life without parole.

Becky Falcon was 15 when she and a male companion shot Richard Phillips, a cab driver, in the head in Callaway. Phillips died six days later.

Falcon told an investigator she wanted to see what it was like to murder someone.

She was convicted and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole. However, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that sentencing a juvenile to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment.

a bay county court refused to vacate falcon's sentence. The First District Court of Appeals did the same, and Thursday morning, Falcon's attorney took their arguments to the Florida Supreme Court.

Its expected to be several months before the justices rule on the case.


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