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PORTLAND -- The Oregon attorney general's office opposed an appeal from Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents and two high school students in 1998 in Springfield.

The appeal, submitted in March, claimed that Kinkel's sentence of 111 years and eight months, handed down when he was 15 years old, amounted to cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Eighth Amendment.

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The Department of Justice replied to the appeal in May, saying that the request was eight years too late. Kinkel's first appeal was finalized in December, 2003, and any further appeal should have been submitted by January, 2005.

Kinkel gunned down his parents at their home and went on a shooting spree at Thurston High School, where two were killed and 25 wounded. He accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole.

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