Woman Sentenced as Teen Could Soon Be Released

An Iowa inmate who was given life in prison when she was a juvenile has been resentenced to 25 years in prison. Story County District Court Judge James Ellefson issued the sentence Friday for 43-year-old Yvette Louisell. It's scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 10. In 1988, Louisell was convicted in 1988 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Ames resident Keith Stilwell, of Ames. She was 18 when she began serving her sentence. The resentencing makes Louisell eligible for release, because of time already served. The resentencing follows an Iowa Supreme Court decision last summer that ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles were illegal.

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Locations : Iowa
People : James EllefsonKeith StilwellYvette Louisell