Lancaster man denied appeal in 1996 store clerk murder

Clarence Laudenberger

(WHTM) – A Lancaster man serving a life sentence for his involvement in a murder 20 years ago in Lancaster had his appeal this week.

Clarence Laudenberger was 16 when he and three other minors robbed a convenience store clerk in 1996. One of the youths shot and killed the clerk.

Laudenberger was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The Superior Court denied Laudenberger’s appeal Tuesday stating it is bound to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision to not apply retroactively.

Laudenberger, now 36, is one of 13 inmates sentenced to life for killings committed as juveniles in Lancaster County, all of whom have had their appeal denied.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on whether their 2012 ruling that struck down mandatory life sentences for teen killers should be applied retroactively.

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