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timothy haag resentencing

Timothy Haag listens as his attorney gives her opening remarks at the start of his resentencing proceedings in Cowlitz County Superior Court on Jan. 12, 2018.

The Washington Court of Appeals has upheld the lengthy prison sentence of convicted Longview child murderer Timothy Haag, who was convicted in 1995 for killing his 7-year-old neighbor but was re-sentenced last year.

Haag was 17 when he killed Rachel Dillard in 1994 in Longview, an act he admitted to but which his defense attorney last year argued was the result of a one-time psychotic break. He was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted, but he had to be re-sentenced in early 2018 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that juvenile offenders cannot be sentenced to life sentences.

That second sentencing hearing ended with a sentence of a minimum of 46 years to a maximum of life. Since Haag had already served 23 years, it meant he faced a minimum of 23 more before he could be eligible for release.

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Haag appealed that sentence, arguing in part in that the trial court failed to “meaningfully weigh” his diminished culpability as a child and that the new sentence amounted to a life sentence.

The appellate court, in a decision filed Tuesday, rejected each argument Haag made and affirmed his sentence. Haag’s next avenue for review of the sentence would be the state Supreme Court.

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