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2010 - May 24 - End of the road on appeals - U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal
for Scott Dyleski (21). Life in prison without parole sentence
Dyleski and his attorneys argue that his sentence of life in prison without
parole constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" a) because he was a
juvenile of 16 when the killing occurred and b) he has had no previous
criminal record. Dyleski was charged as an adult and convicted in the
2006 slaying of Pamela Vitale (wife of attorney Daniel Horowitz).
Also in May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such a sentence is
unconstitutional for juveniles who are convicted of felonies other than
Despite the caveat "other than homicides" it appears Dyleski and
his attorneys were hoping that the Supremes would make an exception
in his case.