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Life without parole upheld for Neal

MONTICELLO, MS (WDAM) - A Monticello man will serve the rest of his life in prison for the 1982 murders of two family members and another teen.

Howard Neal was sentenced to death for the murders of his brother Bobby, a 13-year-old niece, and her 14-year-old friend.

In 2003, the Supreme Court threw out the death penalty saying it was unconstitutional to execute a mentally retarded person.

In 2007, a Lamar County judge re-sentenced Neal to life in prison without parole.

Tuesday, the appeals court denied Neal's claim that life without parole was not an option when he was first convicted.

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