Juvenile lifer, who killed his grandparents in '80s, receives new sentence

Supreme Court ruled automatic juvenile life sentences unconstitutional

Jim Melwert
July 03, 2018 - 5:49 pm
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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — He was 17 when he killed his grandparents with a shotgun. Now, a Bucks County man’s back-to-back juvenile life sentences have been overturned based on a recent Supreme Court ruling. 

Richard Mazeffa pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder five months after shooting his grandparents, George and Veronica Mazeffa, in the head and neck, respectively, as they watched TV in their Warrington home in 1986.

He was 17 at the time of the shooting, and 18 when he was sent to prison for back-to-back life sentences.

He was recently granted a new sentencing hearing based on a Supreme Court ruling that declared automatic juvenile life sentences unconstitutional.

Bucks County Judge Rea Boylin re-sentenced the now 50-year-old Mazeffa to 45 years to life in prison, meaning he could be eligible for parole in 2031 when he’s 63 years old.

According to court documents, he told investigators he killed his grandparents after his grandfather told him to move a broken down car out of the garage, because he was tired of people "dumping on him."