Michigan woman sentenced to life again in dad’s death

  • Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:23 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:24 p.m.
AP Photo/The Port Huron Times Herald, Mark R. Rummel
Tia Skinner looks to her family and addresses them  during her resentencing hearing in 31st Circuit court in Port Huron, Mich. on Thursday.
AP Photo/The Port Huron Times Herald, Mark R. Rummel Tia Skinner looks to her family and addresses them during her resentencing hearing in 31st Circuit court in Port Huron, Mich. on Thursday.

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A former honors student convicted of plotting to have her father stabbed to death when she was 17 years old was sentenced Thursday to life in a Michigan prison without parole – the same punishment she first received in 2011.

Tia Skinner returned to court because the U.S. Supreme Court has barred automatic no-parole sentences for those younger than 18 who are convicted of first-degree murder. A St. Clair County judge was free to give Skinner a shot at parole but settled again on a sentence that means she’ll never leave prison.

“Justice demands that you serve not one day less,” Judge Daniel Kelly said.

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