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    Lemuel Whiteside is appealing his life sentence

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An attorney for a man convicted of capital murder when he was a juvenile says his client should not have been sentenced to life in prison, in part because he was a juvenile when the crime was committed.

    Tom Sullivan told the state Supreme Court on Thursday that Lemuel Whiteside was 17 when he was implicated in the 2009 death of James London. Sullivan says Whiteside didn't kill or intend to Kill London, so he shouldn't have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    An assistant attorney general argued that Whiteside's sentence should stand because, under Arkansas law, capital murder carries an automatic sentence of life without parole.

    The arguments were held at the state Capitol to mark the court's 175th birthday.

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