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Boise teen who murdered his mother will be re-sentenced


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BOISE — A man who received a life sentence for killing his mother when he was a teenager will be resentenced following two U.S. Supreme Court rulings concerning the sentencing of juveniles.

Ethan Windom, 28, will get to challenge the life sentence he received after stabbing and beating his 42-year-old mother, Judy Windom, to death in 2007 when he was 16 years old.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Ada County judge who sentenced him said at the time he was too dangerous to ever be allowed outside the walls of a prison, according to the Idaho Statesman.

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment.

Lawyers on both sides are scheduled to meet April 13 with District Judge Cheri Copsey, who originally sentenced Windom.

Windom struck his mother in the head with a club that he made by attaching weights to one end of a dumbbell. He then stabbed his mother’s dead body in the throat, chest and abdomen – and finally in her exposed brain.