Lehigh Valley

Killer convicted as a teen rejects new sentencing offer

A jury convicted Qu'eed Batts when he was 14

EASTON, Pa. - A Northampton County man convicted of murder when he was a teenager has rejected a new sentencing offer from prosecutors.

Qu'eed Batts is one of a handful of Lehigh Valley criminals now waiting for a new sentence.

In 2006, Batts was just 14 years old when he killed two teens in Easton. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to life without parole.

But after the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to automatically sentence juveniles to life without the chance for parole, juveniles like Batts were slated for re-sentencing.

In 2014, Batts received another sentence of life without parole. But that sentence was overturned earlier this year when the state Supreme Court ruled juveniles should not be sentenced under the same guidelines as adults.

Batts' attorney has been negotiating with the Northampton County District Attorney's Office on a new sentencing agreement.

The terms of the negotiation and the plea agreement are not public, and on Friday Batts turned down the sentencing offer.

Court officials said negotiations are continuing, and Batts has until Monday to accept an offer. Either way, the now 26-year-old will be back in court for a final sentencing March 16.

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