Conviction upheld for man who killed 6 as teen

Posted: September 08, 2012

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the conviction and 315-year prison sentence of a Camden County man who killed six people when he was 16.

A lawyer for Llewelyn James, who grew up in North Philadelphia before moving to Winslow Township, contended that a trial judge in 2007 was wrong to let prosecutors use statements James made after he was arrested in 2002.

The three-judge panel ruled Friday that a statement made to a cousin was properly admitted and that it was permissible for detectives to question James because an uncle gave his consent. The court also said consecutive sentences were appropriate because each killing was a separate crime.

James' sentence is one of the longest ever in New Jersey. James was 16 when he killed his aunt and three others in Winslow, and then two others days later in nearby Lindenwold. - AP

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