September 9, 2013 By TONY RIZZO The Kansas City Star
A Kansas City man serving life in prison in the 1988 deaths of six Kansas City firefighters can seek a new sentencing hearing, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
Bryan Sheppard, who was 17 at the time, was one of five defendants convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the arson fire and explosion that killed the firefighters at a southeast Kansas City construction site.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Sheppard permission to seek the new hearing based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year on life sentences without parole for juvenile defendants, said Sheppard’s attorney, Cyndy Short.