Teen robber serving decades will see no decrease in sentencing

Shane Shivers

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled to not give any relief to a state prison inmate serving decades for a spree of armed robberies in Lancaster County in 1996.

According to a release, 16-year-old Shane Shivers was charged as an adult for robberies, involving a gun and pleaded guilty in 1997.

Two victims were shot during robberies in December of 1996 in Lancaster, Columbia, and West Hempfield Township.

Shivers was sentenced to 35 to 75 years in prison and recently, now a 36-year-old inmate, Shivers asked for a relief from his sentence.

Shivers allegedly argued that his "youthfulness" was not taken into account at sentencing.

The state Superior Court denied that argument and said that Shivers did not qualify under that decision because he had not been convicted of murder and not sentenced to life in prison.

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