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Sentence Reduced for Prisoner on Texas Death Row 25 Years

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HOUSTON (AP) — A man on Texas death row for nearly 25 years for the abduction, rape and slaying of a 20-year-old Houston bank teller is getting his sentence reduced to life in prison after state attorneys have agreed with the inmate’s lawyers that he’s mentally impaired and ineligible for execution under U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The Texas Attorney General’s office and attorneys for 44-year-old condemned prisoner Robert James Campbell told a federal judge Wednesday evidence supports a finding that Campbell is intellectually disabled.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says because a life sentence without parole was not an option when Campbell was charged in 1991 with the slaying of Alejandra Rendon, his new sentence includes parole eligibility. She says her office will protest at parole reviews to ensure he’s never released.

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