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Court Rejects Iowa Murderer's Appeal:  An Iowa appeals court has denied a life-sentenced murderer's claim that his re sentencing to comply with the Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama remains unconstitutionally harsh.  Mark Mahoney of NWest Iowa reports that John Mulder had been sentenced to LWOP for the 1976 murder of a 55-year-old woman in her bed.  Mulder, who was 14 at the time, used a stolen rifle to shoot Jean Homan as she was sleeping next to her husband.  Following the high court's ruling in Miller, a new sentencing hearing was held to provide individualized consideration of his age when determining his sentence.  After the judge re-sentenced Mulder to life in prison with parole eligibility after 42 years, Mulder appealed arguing that the sentence still violated the state's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  The Iowa Court of Appeals rejected this claim.   

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