SUNBURY — Northumberland County Judge Paige Rosini scheduled a resentencing hearing Monday for a former Milton resident charged as a juvenile with stabbing to death his childhood friend in 1993.
Norman Gundrum, 42, who appeared for a status conference with his attorney, Joseph D’Andrea, of Dunmore, is scheduled for a resentencing hearing Oct. 2-3 before Rosini.
Northumberland County Assistant District Attorneys Robyn Zenzinger and Michael Sullivan will represent the commonwealth at the resentencing hearing.
Gundrum, who didn’t make any statements in court other than saying thank you to the judge, reserved comment to the media upon being escorted from the courthouse back to SCI-Coal Township.
In January, Rosini ordered the district attorney’s office to provide all discovery evidence to D’Andrea so a court schedule could be developed.
Mitigating experts most likely will be called upon to testify at the hearing.
According to recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, Gundrum may be resentenced to life in prison with or without a chance for parole, granted a new sentence with a minimum and maximum incarceration period, or receive a reduced sentence.
Murder defendants 15 and younger at the time of the offense could be resentenced to 25 years to life in prison, while defendants who were 16 or 17 at the time could be resentenced to 35 years to life in prison.
Gundrum was 16 when charged Dec. 9, 1993, with stabbing to death Bobby Coup. He was sentenced Jan. 27, 1995, in Northumberland County, to life in prison without parole.
Previous hearings for Gundrum and convicted child murderer Brandon Brown, of Coal Township, were continued by Rosini and President Judge Charles Saylor, respectively, pending a state Supreme Court ruling on how to litigate cases involving juveniles charged with criminal homicide who were sentenced to life in prison.
Brown, who is represented by Sunbury attorney James Best, was 15 when charged by Coal Township police with kidnapping, assaulting, raping and killing his 6-year-old neighbor, Jasmine Stoud, on Aug. 11, 2001, in a wooded area not far from their West Walnut Street homes.
He was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of all charges by a jury in Northumberland County on Jan. 24, 2003. In addition to the life sentence, Brown also was ordered by then-President Judge Robert B. Sacavage to serve a consecutive sentence of 17 to 70 years for kidnapping, rape and other charges.
Brown is now 33 and incarcerated at SCI-Forest.
Gundrum and Brown are among hundreds of Pennsylvania offenders sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles whose cases are being revisited because of a pair of Supreme Court rulings.
Pennsylvania leads the nation in those serving mandatory no-release sentences for crimes committed as minors, the result of laws that long treated teens charged with the most serious crimes like adults.
After the Supreme Court barred such sentences for juveniles in 2012, Pennsylvania officials argued that did not apply to those already in prison.
Three years ago, the nation’s highest court said the ban must be applied retroactively, triggering new sentencing hearings and parole for inmates across the country.