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No death penalty in Montana double murder

Worland man still faces life in prison


April 23, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against a Wyoming teenager accused of killing two people on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.

The agency announced Friday that Attorney General Loretta Lynch had decided against seeking capital punishment in the case of Jesus Deniz Mendoza after consulting with federal prosecutors in Montana.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melissa Hornbein declined to give a reason, adding that the agency's recommendation process on death penalty cases is confidential.

The 18-year-old Deniz Mendoza faces 12 criminal ch...

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