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Henry Robinson resentenced to 40 years with possible parole

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man serving a life sentence for a murder he committed as a teenager could be out of prison in four years.

Henry Robinson was convicted of shooting and killing a woman during the robbery of her Allentown jewelry store back in 1981. 

He was 17 years old then. Now he's 54 and he's been resentenced to 40 years to life in prison following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that tossed out mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles.

Robinson could be released from prison as early as 2021 and could be eligible for parole consideration after his 40 years. 

If he is paroled, he'll be under supervision for the rest of his life. Any violation of the parole and he'll be re-incarcerated.

Last year, 69 News received a letter Robinson sent from jail discussing the new changes in law.

He said, "My thought personally is that a juvenile deserves a second chance at life in the outside world if they have shown a capacity toward change."

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