Sentence shortening in arson case from 1988

Jan. 26, 2016 KMBZ Radio

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 44 year old man convicted in one of the worst crimes in Kansas City history hopes his sentence will be shortened.

Bryan Sheppard, who was 17 at the time of the conviction, is currently serving life without parole, accused of arson that killed six firefighters in 1988.

The US Supreme Court has ruled such sentences can't be imposed in teenagers in cases before 2012.

Sheppard's lawyer Cynthia Short says that she is "optimistic" about decreasing the sentence for Sheppard.

Four others are also serving life in the case.

Short already filed a motion, seeking a new sentencing hearing for Sheppard.

Short hopes he will be released with credit for the 20 years he's already served.
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