Woman granted hearing to appeal 40- to 80-year sentence in 2010 Pennsylvania torture-murder

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GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania — A woman convicted along with five others in the torture killing of a mentally disabled Pennsylvania woman has been granted a hearing to appeal her sentence.

Twenty-four-year-old Amber Meidinger was sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and testifying against three of her co-defendants.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1p3x8XD ) reports that she filed court documents arguing ineffective legal representation and a conflict of interest.

Judge Rita Hathaway approved a hearing and ruled that it would occur during the next available criminal motions court.

Appeals have also been filed by two other people convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty.

Prosecutors said she was tortured over two days and then killed in Greensburg, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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