Federal judge allows killer to appeal in US court

A federal judge has allowed a man convicted of killing four neighbors when he was a teenager to appeal in federal court. The Providence Journal reported that US District Judge William E. Smith lifted a stay in effect since 2004 and ordered the state to respond to the latest appeal by Craig Price. Price asked the court in January to dismiss the sentence he is serving. He argued that the 25 years imposed against him for criminal contempt was excessive and unconstitutional. Price was 15 when he confessed in 1989 to stabbing and bludgeoning Joan Heaton and her daughters, Melissa and Jennifer. Price also admitted to the unsolved murder of another neighbor in Warwick two years earlier.

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