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Hearing set for judge to reconsider life sentence for convicted murderer

Jarret McCasland (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Jarret McCasland (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A convicted killer accused of injecting his girlfriend with a deadly dose of heroin is asking a judge to reconsider his life sentence. 

In February, 27-year-old Jarret McCasland, of Denham Springs, was sentenced to life in prison after his girlfriend died of a heroin overdose in 2013. 19th Judicial District Judge Don Johnson handed McCasland the maximum sentence for second-degree murder. 

In November 2015, an East Baton Rouge Parish jury unanimously found McCasland guilty of second-degree murder for giving his girlfriend, 19-year-old Flavia Cardenas, a lethal dose of heroin. 

McCasland's attorneys are arguing that sentence is cruel and unusual punishment. 

The hearing is set for Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in district court for Judge Johnson to reconsider the sentence. 

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