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WYOMING CHURCH COALITION BACKS PLAN FOR LIFE-WITHOUT-PAROLE SENTENCING OPTION

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The Wyoming Church Coalition is endorsing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to create a criminal sentencing option of life without parole.

The Rev. Mike Parr of Lander United Methodist Church said the penalty would give juries an alternative to the death penalty.The amendment to be voted on during the general election in November would make it impossible for people sentenced to life without parole to have their sentences reduced.

Parr said the Church Coalition has long been opposed to the death penalty and welcomes the proposed alternative sentence.