Now-33-year-old Ryan Wedebrand has been in prison for 16 years. He was convicted of taking part in the kidnapping, which happened in Spencer, and the murder, which happened in rural Petersburg Township, in Jackson County, Minnesota. Court records indicate the slaying was drug-related.
District Judge David Lester has resentenced Wedebrand to life in prison with the possibility for parole. Wedebrand took advantage of a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made it possible for anyone convicted as a juvenile to request re-sentencing.
Judge Lester’s ruling does not specify how soon Wedebrand could be eligible for parole.