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John Odgren Loses Appeal for Reduced Murder Sentence

Lawyers for John Odgren appealed to Middlesex Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty earlier this week, appealing that his sentence be reduced from First Degree Murder to Second Degree Murder.

Convicted of First Degree Murder for killing 15 year-old classmate James Alenson at Lincoln-Sudbury High School in 2007, Odgren was sentenced to serve a mandatory life sentence in state prison, without the possibility of parole. If the petition was successful, John Odgren would have been parole eligible after serving 15 years in prison.

Although Odgren’s defense focused on Insanity / Lack of Criminal Responsibility, arguing that he was insane at the time of the murder because of his history of emotional problems and mental health issues, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Jurors that heard the case found that he was, in fact, sane at the time of the stabbing.

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