Second teen's sentence vacated in 2015 Bedford County murder
BEDFORD - A second teen who pleaded guilty in the 2015 murder of a Tioga woman will be re-sentenced.
A Superior Court ruling issued Tuesday said the sentence for Ryan Hardwick was vacated.
The Superior Court's ruling comes after a Supreme Court ruling that "mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes - violates the 8th amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments."
Hardwick was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison for his role in the killing of 21-year-old Stephanie Waters in 2015.
Police said that Hardwick, 15 at the time, and Deuantay Moye, then 16, killed Waters during a drug deal.
Police said that Moye and Hardwick had arranged to meet Waters' boyfriend to sell marijuana, but instead Waters went to make the transaction.
According to police, the duo wanted to kill someone to "live the gangster lifestyle."
During testimony, Hardwick said Moye shot and killed Waters and that he shot her dog and helped carry her body to her car. Moye, who was originally sentenced to life, had his sentenced overturned in October.