Resentencing Scheduled in 1997 Death of Spencer Teen



One of 10 people involved in the 1997 kidnapping and slaying of a northwest Iowa teenager will learn later this month how much longer he must remain in prison. A May 16 hearing has been set on the resentencing of 32-year-old Ryan Wedebrand. He was 16 in June 1997 when 15-year-old Gregory Sky Erickson was kidnapped from a Spencer apartment, tortured and then fatally shot at an abandoned farmhouse in southern Minnesota. Wedebrand's request for resentencing follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to automatically sentence teenagers to life without the chance of parole.