YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A three-judge panel will have to decide whether a convicted murderer’s sentence was too long.
Arturo Novoa is serving a life prison sentence in the 2017 murder of Shannon Graves. When he was sentenced, the judge determined Novoa would not be eligible for parole for at least 48 years.
Novoa’s attorney told the 7th District Court of Appeals many of the counts against the defendant were repetitive and that the sentence should have reflected that.
The lead prosecutor in the case argued the length of Novoa’s sentence was appropriate.
“Each separate piece of conduct that appellate is involved in and involved with in hiding the body, dismembering her to freezing her and then to moving the body at least three times,” said Special Prosecutor Dan Kasaris.
The judges are expected to rule at a later date.