GREAT FALLS — A Montana man who was serving a life sentence for killing three people when he was 17 now has the opportunity to seek parole.
District Judge Amy Eddy resentenced Steven Wayne Keefe, 53, on Friday in Great Falls, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
Keefe petitioned for resentencing in 2017 based on U.S. Supreme Court rulings between 2012 and 2016 that require judges to take into consideration a juvenile’s lack of maturity, undeveloped sense of responsibility, and their family and home environment when sentencing them.
Keefe was three months shy of his 18th birthday in October 1985 when he broke in to the home of David and Constance McKay south of Great Falls, killing them and their daughter, Marian McKay Qamar, 40, who was visiting from Seattle. Qamar’s 3-year-old daughter was in the house but wasn’t injured.
Former District Court Judge Greg Pinski upheld Keefe’s life-without-parole sentence at the end of a 2019 hearing though a psychologist, a former Montana State Prison supervisor and a former warden testified that Keefe had matured, made progress toward rehabilitation and could be successful outside prison.
The state argued that the court did not have to consider post-offense evidence of rehabilitation. Still, the state