Idaho court upholds life sentences for murders

Idaho court upholds life sentences for murders

Idaho court upholds life sentences for murders

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld two life sentences given to a former death row inmate who killed his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 1999.

The court ruled Friday against 51-year-old Dale Shackelford and his argument that he should have been given a different judge for his resentencing in 2011 and that some testimony shouldn't have been allowed.

Shackelford was convicted of shooting Donna Fontaine and Fred Palahniuk to death in the northern Idaho town of Kendrick. He was sentenced to death.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juries, not judges, must hand down death sentences.

At a new sentencing hearing Shackelford received two fixed life sentences.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson says he's pleased with the recent decision because Shackelford remains a threat to society.

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