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UPDATE: Three convicted teens sentenced in murder case

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The three Elkhart County teens convicted of murder in August were sentenced Thursday.

Anthony Sharp and Blake Layman were each sentenced to 55 years in prison.  A judge sentenced the third teen, Levi Sparks, to 50 years in prison. 

Sparks, Sharp, and Layman were all charged with murder after a burglary at an Elkhart house nearly a year ago.  A man inside woke up and opened fire, killing Danzele Johnson, another suspect.  The judge said Sparks received the slightly shorter sentence because he never entered the house.

Indiana law says that a person can be charged with murder if they committed a felony, and during the commission of that felony, someone dies. 

We spoke to Layman's grandmother Debbie McQueen following the sentencing.  She says the teens have been treated unfairly, and they are going to "fight this all the way."  All three teens said in court that they plan to appeal the case.

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