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Resentencing Postponed for "Juvenile Lifer"

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An Erie man currently serving a life sentence in jail for murder, will now have more time to prepare for his resentencing hearing.

On Tuesday, Erie County Senior Judge John Bozza postponed the resentencing hearing for 35-year-old Neil Simpson.

Simpson is one of nine "juvenile lifers" in Erie County who have been granted a resentencing hearing, following the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which deemed mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole unconstitutional for juveniles.

Back in May of 1999, Simpson was 16 years old when he was charged with the stabbing death of 18-year-old Martin Ondreako.

Simpson was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Bozza, who originally sentenced Simpson, agreed to postpone the hearing at the request of Simpson's lawyer Khadija Horton.

Horton wants to hire a mitigation specialist, who will advise the court on what Simpson's new sentence should be.

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