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Lafayette murderer’s conviction upheld

By scarney
Monday, April 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm in Crime, Lafayette.

A California state appeals court upheld the murder conviction of Scott Dyleski today. Dyleski will still face his original sentence of life in prison without parole.

Dyleski killed his neighbor, Pamela Vitale, on Oct. 15, 2005, when he was only 16 years old and a student at Acalanes High School. Vitale was killed in her home in Hunsaker Canyon as a result of a stabbing and beating.

In the appeal, Dyleski stated that his sentence is cruel and unusual punishment since he was only 16 at the time of the murder. Three appeals judges voted down the appeal, 3-0.

Dyleski received the sentence after being tried as an adult. He could not receive the death sentence because he was a minor at the time the crime was committed.

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