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Linehan to be sentenced today

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Mechele Linehan, the former exotic dancer convicted of murdering a former boyfriend, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

Linehan, 35, could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison for the murder of Kent Leppink in 1996. That is what prosecutors are requesting in hopes that Linehan spends the rest of her life in jail.

Linehan's lawyers say even the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years is unjust. They are hoping a three-judge panel will give her five years. The law governing the panel, however, appears to exclude murder cases.

Linehan, 35, maintains her innocence. Her co-conspirator, John Carlin III, was convicted by a separate jury. He was sentenced to 99 years.



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