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Isaiah Sweet's sentencing pushed back

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Isaiah Sweet enters his sentencing hearing Wednesday Isaiah Sweet enters his sentencing hearing Wednesday
MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

Following a long and emotional morning of testimony, the judge in Isaiah Sweet's sentencing hearing recessed the proceedings until March 11, in order to take all testimony and evidence presented Wednesday into consideration.

Sweet pleaded guilty in October to two counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of his grandparents and guardians, Rick and Janet Sweet, over Mother's Day weekend in 2012.

Sweet was 17 at the time of the murders.

Four victims read impact statements Wednesday morning in court.

Sweet's mother and victim Rick Sweet's daughter, Stacy Sweet, said her son was a compassionate person and deserves a chance at life again.

"I believe that he's remorseful, and I believe that he's very sorry," Stacy Sweet said. "I do believe that he would never hurt anybody like that again."

Victim Janet Sweet's daughter Angie Camlin, however, said she sees no remorse in Isaiah Sweet.

"What is amazing to me is that he showed absolutely no remorse for these crimes," Camlin said. "This is obviously a dangerous person, and I beg you to sentence him with as many years as you can. Mom and Rick will never get to see one day ever again, and I don't see why he should."

The prosecuting attorneys are asking for a life sentence without parole, while the defense is seeking a life sentence with a chance of parole after 25 years.

To strengthen their case, the defense attorneys called clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Hart to the stand. He had examined Sweet after the murders and gave both a written report and nearly one hour of testimony to the judge.

"I would suggest that (Isaiah Sweet) was a significantly immature person, both psychologically, in terms of his psychological development -- inside his own head, and socially, in terms of his relations with others," Hart said. "His level of insight, his level of empathy and his self-concept were much lower than I would've expected for somebody age 17, pretty close to 18th birthday."

Hart said the human brain starts developing into an adult brain around age 18 and reaches maturity at about 25 years old. He Sweet's brain is still developing, and the defense is using that to help bolster their sentence request.

The court will reconvene on March 11, at which time district court judge Michael Shubatt will read his sentencing decision.


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