Judge resentences Iowa lifer to 25 years in prison

An Iowa inmate who was given life in prison when she was a juvenile has been resentenced to 25 years in prison.


Story County District Court Judge James Ellefson issued the sentence Friday for 43-year-old Yvette Louisell. It’s scheduled to go into effect on February 10th.


Louisell was convicted in 1988 of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Keith Stilwell, of Ames. She was 18 when she began serving her sentence.


TheĀ  resentencing makes Louisell eligible for release, because of time already served.


The resentencing follows an Iowa Supreme Court decision last summer that ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles were illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a 2012 ruling.