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Judge won't cut life sentence for then-juvenile catalyst in disabled woman's torture death


GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania — A judge has refused to reduce the life sentence for a then-juvenile who was the catalyst in the torture death of a mentally disabled Pennsylvania woman.

Angela Marinucci, who is now 21, was granted a new sentencing hearing Wednesday under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling outlawing mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.

Marinucci was 17 when she egged on her boyfriend, then-25-year-old Ricky Smyrnes, and five others to torture 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty in the dingy Greensburg apartment most of the group shared in February 2010.

The two men who actually killed Daugherty, Smyrnes and Melvin Knight, are on death row for first-degree murder. Marinucci was also convicted of first-degree murder but couldn't face the death penalty because of her age.

The others involved in the Westmoreland County case are serving decades in prison.

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