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Delaware Killer Loses Appeal for Prison Assault

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 5:05 AM Updated:
The Del. Supreme Court which is considering questions about the constitutionality of a judge's involvement in death penalty sentencing in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC Ryan Stanley) The Del. Supreme Court which is considering questions about the constitutionality of a judge's involvement in death penalty sentencing in Delaware. (Photo: WBOC Ryan Stanley)

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a man sentenced to life without parole for assaulting a correctional officer while serving an earlier life sentence for a murder he committed as a juvenile.

In a ruling Tuesday, the court said the appeal by Desi Sykes had no merit.

Sykes was sentenced to life in 1990 for fatally shooting a man in Dover in 1988, when Sykes was a young teenager.

That sentence was interrupted, however, by the life sentence he received as an adult in 1996 for the attempted murder of the prison guard, who was beaten with a horseshoe and stabbed in the eye.

Sykes also must serve an additional 100-plus years for the prison assault before resuming the juvenile sentence, which was modified in 2014 to 30 years.

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