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Sentence Today For Man Found Guilty As Teen Killer

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A young Flint man will learn whether he'll spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of an elderly woman when he was 14.

Mark Jones, now 18, is returning to Genesee County court Friday. Judge Archie Hayman has much discretion, from life in prison without parole to a certain number of years.

It's the result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic no-parole sentences for murders committed by minors.

Merlyne Wray was 73 when she was robbed and shot in her home in 2010. In November, a jury convicted Jones of first-degree murder.

Jones' attorneys say he deserves a sentence that gives him a shot at parole. Prosecutors disagree. Jones' lawyers say he lacked the "essential opportunities" to thrive during a troubled childhood.

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