Brutal stabbing case back in the headlines after more than 20 years

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/20/17) - The teen charged in connection to a brutal murder case from 23 years ago has appealed his prison sentence.

The then 16 year old, Patrick Kinney, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reduce his life sentence.

In March of 1995, Kinney and his friend, 16-year-old David Melfi dragged Melfi's twin brother down into a basement and stabbed him more than 42 times.

Kinney was charged with second degree murder with a chance of parole. It's a decision he's now disputing.

He filed an appeal through the U.S. Supreme Court to get that sentence reduced using a precedent put in place last year following a ruling out of Alabama. That case made it illegal for sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole. It applies to any case before 2012.

In Kinney's case, a judge denied his request because he is technically eligible for parole.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton agrees with the decision.

"It's a matter of public safety. When people commit heinous, vicious crimes I think the public has an interest in keeping those individuals behind bars until such time as they are rehabilitated or able to rejoin society," Leyton said.

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