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Convict seeks reduced sentence in N.H. machete slaying

The man convicted in the 2009 machete slaying of a New Hampshire nurse is seeking to have his sentence reduced after a US Supreme Court decision outlawed mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

In state court Wednesday, prosecutors and a lawyer for Steven Spader, who was a month away from his 18th birthday at the time of the slaying, hashed out details for a hearing, likely to be held in January, when a judge is expected to hear evidence and decide whether to alter Spader’s sentence.

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