Boy, 16, gets life sentence for capital murder

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Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A 16-year-old boy faces 40 years in prison after his capital murder conviction in the May 2011 stabbing death of an 84-year-old Southeast Texas woman.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/YMh4VZ) reports a Galveston County jury deliberated 6½ hours over two days before returning its verdict Tuesday against 16-year-old Jor'Dan Jacqueinn Maurice Lewis. Because he was a juvenile when Vaneeda Wright was stabbed, Lewis was ineligible for the death penalty and drew an automatic life sentence. He won't be eligible for parole for 38 years.

Lewis was 14 when Wright was stabbed 28 times at her La Marque home. Prosecutors say a butcher knife was left embedded in her cheek, but Dr. Stephen Pustilnik, Galveston County's chief medical examiner, testified Wright likely lived at least 20 minutes after the attack.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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