Hartford man resentenced from life to 28 years for murder

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HARTFORD — A 28-year-old Hartford man who had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole has been resentenced to 28 years for a 2005 murder.

Anthony Allen is among five Connecticut inmates whose sentences were tossed out after the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile killers.

The Hartford Courant reports Judge Joseph Koetsky said he was impressed by the changes Allen has made to his life while in prison.

Allen was 17 when he fired a gun into a group of teens who were walking home from a basketball game at Weaver High School the evening of Feb. 22, 2005. A 15-year-old honor student, Lorenzo Rowe, was killed.

Allen’s lawyer said his client will be eligible for parole in about five years.