Murderer Wants New Trial, Says Sentence Too Light

Benny Deanda wants to use new trial to prove self-defense

By Lacey McCraney
|  Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 6:52 AM CDT
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A convicted murderer from Elgin gets a new trial on unusual terms.

Benny Deanda, Jr. was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing another man, but he says his punishment was too light and wants another trial, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A judge agreed.

Deanda's attorney Levi Harris says he really wants to prove self-defense in the case.

Deanda, 26, pleaded guilty during his trial in 2001 for the murder of Mario Jiminez, 16, in exchange for 30 years in prison.

Deanda allegedly was walking with two friends when he shot Jiminez near Waverly Drive and Bode Road.

If he's found guilty a second time, he could double his current sentence and be forced to spend up to 60 years in prison.

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