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A man convicted in slaying of Estherville, IA teen may have the opportunity to get out of prison

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SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) - A man convicted in the 1997 drug slaying of Estherville, Iowa teen Gregory "Sky" Erickson may have the opportunity to get out of prison.

Ryan Wedebrand was 17 when he was found guilty.

A 2012 US Supreme Court ruling allows anyone sentenced to life without parole as a minor to request a resentencing, and a chance to get out.

Wedebrand was one of several people convicted in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Erickson.

He's been serving a term of life in prison without parole ever since.

At Friday's resentencing, the Judge said he took Wedebrand's obvious immaturity at the time of the crime and his effort to rehabilitate in prison into consideration.

He ruled that Wedebrand will not need to complete 17 more years in prison to reach the minimum 35-year sentence, and will be eligible for parole.

KTIV's Kayah Gausman was there and got reaction from both Sky Erickson's and Ryan Wedebrand's family.

She'll have more tonight on News 4 at five and six.


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