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A state appeals court has upheld the decades-long prison sentence imposed on a man convicted in the shooting death of a northeastern Pennsylvania college student

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A state appeals court has upheld the decades-long prison sentence imposed on a man convicted in the shooting death of a northeastern Pennsylvania college student.

PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/20EKpEn ) reports that the Superior Court panel ruled this week that the 23½- to 47-year term for 20-year-old Ryan Harding was not excessive.

Harding pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the May 2013 death of 22-year-old Lackawanna College student Rahsan Crowder, who was shot after a night of partying.

Harding argued that the Lackawannna County judge who sentenced him didn't consider his age, intoxication and other factors.

The appeals court said the judge considered Harding's juvenile record, which included a burglary adjudication, and noted that he "had many opportunities to retreat" on the night of the shooting but chose not to do so.


Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com

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