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Re-sentencing for Northwest Iowa man convicted of murder and kidnapping in 1997

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UNDATED (KTIV) - A man convicted in the murder of a northwest Iowa teen in 1997 will be re-sentenced next month.

Ryan Wedebrand, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the murder of Gregory "Sky" Erickson.

However, a ruling in 2012 by the U-S Supreme Court deemed this mandatory sentence was unconstitutional for someone that young.

Wedebrand was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in 1998.

He, and eight other members of the Loz Krazy Boys gang, beat and shot Erickson.

They then burned Erickson's body in an abandoned Minnesota farmhouse.

Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez, who was not at the farmhouse, ordered the gang to do this because of Erickson's unpaid drug debt.

Two other gang members were also teens at the time of their sentencing.

Thomas Mann was sentenced to 50 years, so his case wasn't impacted by the Supreme Court's decision.

Juan Astello was sentenced to life in prison without parole, but his case hasn't been sent back to the lower court for re-sentencing.

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