Teen convicted in journalist's slay wants new sentence



A teenager was convicted almost 25 years ago of gunning down a journalist in a Queens bar, rubbing out a muckracker who angered a Colombian cartel leader.


Now the convicted murderer doing a life term says he deserves a new sentence, according to Brooklyn federal court papers.


It’s cruel and unusual punishment to throw a minor in prison with no chance at parole, argues Wilson Alejandro Mejia-Velez, who was 17 when he pulled the trigger on Manuel de Dios Unanue in 1992. Mejia-Velez says Supreme Court cases in recent years back his bid.

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Manuel de Dios Unanue, Editor of El Diario.

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Prosecutors say unless Judge Edward Korman decided Mejia-Velez would get the same term using the current guidelines, he should be resentenced. But Korman wants to hear the other arguments on the issue and tapped lawyers to argue Mejia-Velez doesn’t need a new sentence.

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