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Man who got life as teen for killing Gothenburg, Neb., officer seeks freedom

Man who got life as teen for killing Gothenburg, Neb., officer seeks freedom

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LEXINGTON — A man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing a police officer wants to be freed.

Eric McCain's appeal cites a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down life sentences for teenagers without the possibility of parole.

His appeal will be heard May 16 by a Dawson County District Court judge.

McCain was 17 when he was sentenced in the 1990 shooting death of Gothenburg Police Sgt. Glenn Haas.

Last year, state lawmakers enacted a measure that ends mandatory life sentences for juveniles who commit first-degree murder. The guidelines now call for a sentence of 40 years to life for the juveniles.

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