Brothers’ appeal denied
ALLENTOWN(AP) – A Pennsylvania judge has denied the appeals of two brothers who killed their parents and wanted their life-without-parole sentences tossed.
The Express-Times said Lehigh County Judge William Ford on Tuesday denied the appeals of Bryan and David Freeman, who murdered their parents in their Salisbury Township home.
Their appeals were revived after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring mandatory life-without-parole terms for juvenile killers unconstitutional.
The brothers, described by prosecutors as neo-Nazi skinheads, were minors when the 1995 slayings occurred.
Ford cited a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling wouldn’t apply retroactively to previously sentenced inmates.
Prosecutors said Bryan Freeman stabbed his 48-year-old mother Brenda Freeman, and David Freeman bludgeoned their 54-year-old father Dennis Freeman. Their 11-year-old brother Erik also was fatally beaten.