Last June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences without parole are not constitutional for defendants who were convicted of murder as juveniles. So, Schroat filed an appeal, since he was 17 when the crime was committed. Schroat's appeal means the Superior Court will reinstate his appellate rights, but this will not change how long he will spend behind bars.
The Public Defender’s office confirms an appeal was missed and that is why the case has gotten this far. However, this will not throw out his sentence.
Schroat did not appear in court.
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