PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the district attorney's appeal of a lower court decision ordering the resentencing of a man convicted of beating a woman who passed away 14 years later.
Fifty-year-old Stevenson Rose was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for the death of Mary Mitchell in Pittsburgh. The 1993 beating left her in a vegetative state until her death in 2007.
The Superior Court in November agreed with Rose that he should have been sentenced only to the 10- to 20-year maximum term for third-degree murder in effect at the time of the beating.
The state doubled the penalty for third-degree murder before Mitchell died, and prosecutors say the trial judge was right to impose the stiffer sentence, because Rose wasn't guilty of murdering Mitchell until she died.