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Woman re-sentenced in Putnam County murder

Morgan Leppert given life with parole for crime committed when she was 15

Morgan Leppert
Morgan Leppert

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A woman accused in the brutal murder of a Putnam County man in 2009 was re-sentenced this week to life with parole.

Morgan Leppert, the self-described "blue-eyed devil," had been sentenced to life without parole in the murder of 66-year-old James Stewart.

She was 15 at the time, and she and her boyfriend, Toby Lowry, killed the disabled man and stole his car.

Lowry pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty.

Leppert was tried and convicted, but under the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that teens under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to life without parole she was eligible for a re-sentencing hearing.

The judge gave her life with parole chances. Her case will be reviewed in 25 years.