Top Texas court reduces killer's death sentence to life


HOUSTON (AP) — A man on death row for abducting a sheriff's deputy, keeping him handcuffed inside a patrol car trunk while demanding money from a bank and then killing the officer will serve life in prison instead after Texas' highest criminal court reduced his sentence Wednesday.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said executing 55-year-old Pedro Solis Sosa for the 1983 slaying would carry "an unacceptable risk" that his punishment would be unconstitutionally cruel because of his intellectual disabilities.

A life sentence for a 1983 capital murder means the defendant is eligible for par...

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