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Youngest Woman to be Sentenced to Death in US is Pleading for Her Punishment to be Vacated Nearly 30 Years Later

Posted on AllSides September 5th, 2023
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Tennessee State Police

In 1995, 18-year-old Christa Gail Pike became the youngest woman in the U.S. at the time to get the death penalty since 1972, convicted for killing another teen on a college campus. Now, nearly 30 years later, she is pleading for her life to be spared.

Attorneys for the Tennessee woman are asking a court to vacate her sentence, citing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that juveniles are "constitutionally different than adults" and that judges should have discretion in meting out punishment for young offenders, according to WBIR 10.

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