Leslie Brown resentenced to 43 years in Swissvale shooting |

Leslie Brown resentenced to 43 years in Swissvale shooting

An Allegheny County judge resentenced a Swissvale man to serve 43 years to life in prison for fatally shooting another man during a robbery in Swissvale in 2006.

A jury in early 2011 convicted Leslie Brown, 24, of second-degree murder, robbery and other charges for the September 2006 death of Michael Stepien, 53, in an alley between Nied’s Funeral Home and a volunteer fire department in Swissvale.

Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski sentenced Brown, who was 16 years-old at the time of the shooting, to a mandatory life sentence in May 2011.

Brown appealed his punishment to the state Superior Court in July 2013 following a federal court ruling that struck down mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.

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