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Judge Denies Resentencing for Debora Green in Deadly Kansas Arson Fire

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former Johnson County physician has been denied a chance for a different sentence for killing two of her children in a 1995 arson fire.  The Kansas City Star reports that Johnson County District Judge Brenda Cameron ruled Thursday that Debora Green isn't entitled to a new sentencing hearing. Green had wanted her sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years vacated and replaced.  At issue are recent Kansas and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that certain sentences must be determined by a jury and not a judge. The ruling has led some inmates to successfully challenge their sentences. But Cameron found that Green's situation was different because she was sentenced based on a plea agreement that was well understood before she entered her pleas.

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