Kip Kinkel loses bid for shorter sentence

Kip Kinkel loses bid for shorter sentence

Kip Kinkel loses bid for shorter sentence

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Kip Kinkel has lost another attempt to shorten the 111-year sentence he received for the 1998 mass shooting at Springfield's Thurston High School.

A Marion County judge rejected an argument from Kinkel's attorney Thursday that the prison term amounts to a life sentence that violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment -- in part, because Kinkel was 15 years old at the time.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/18isbk7) the decision may be appealed. The 31-year-old Kinkel is an inmate at the Oregon State Correctional Institution near Salem.

The rampage at Thurston High left two students dead and 25 wounded. Kinkel also shot and killed his parents.

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