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Convicted Dunbar Village rapist Nathan Walker resentenced

WEST PALM BEACH, FL  (WFLX) Four years after a mother and her young son were tortured in a horrifying gang rape in West Palm Beach's Dunbar Village, one of the suspects convicted in the crime was re-sentenced. Nathan Walker was originally given life in prison without parole for the crime in 2009. Because the Supreme Court ruled juveniles could not be sentenced to life for any crime less than murder, however, he was back in court Wednesday afternoon to face a judge.

Nathan Walker will not be spending life in prison. Judge Krista Marx ruled he will spend sixty years behind bars, with credit for time served, and ten years probation as a sex offender.

Walkers' upset family and friends left the courtroom is tears and disappointment, but Judge Marx stood firm.

"I listened to every second of the sheer horror and brutality of this case," she told the court room.

For the second time, Judge Marx had Nathan Walker in her court room for sentencing.

"Nothing overcame the heinous nature of the crime," she said.

Walker, who is now 20-years-old, was 16 at the time of that crime. A mother and her 12-year-old son were raped and tortured for hours inside their Dunbar Village apartment on June 18, 2007. In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5, shortly after the incident, the mother spoke about being raped repeatedly and how no one answered her and her son's cries for help.

"Nobody came for us. Nobody even called the police for us," she told WPTV. "People in the apartment, if they are talking, I can hear everything they say."

Judge Marx sentenced Walker and two others to life in prison without parole for that crime. A fourth suspect, who was 14-years-old at the time, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Now, a ruling by the Supreme Court last year means juveniles cannot be sentenced to life for any crime less than murder. Walker has already spent two years behind bars. In court on Wednesday afternoon, he talked about how he had not heard from family and friends, the violent nature of prison and how he was trying to make the best of it and improve himself.

"Better myself," Walker explained. "Some dudes come in there and steal and all that stuff. I never stole. I never took nothing from nobody. I just stay out of trouble. It can drive you crazy, but only if you let it."

His attorney, Robert Gershman, had asked for his release after 20 years, saying his client would have a very short life expectancy by the time he served 50 to 60 years, but Judge Marx ruled differently.

"I have always had the intent these defendants, based on the crime, deserved life in prison," she said. "I have not changed my mind."

"Nathan wanted less of course," said Gershman. "Anything is better than dying in there, for sure, so in terms of years, it's hopeful. We had hoped for less terms of years."

One of the other men convicted in the crime, Tommy Poindexter, is currently serving a life sentence. Since he was 18 at the time of the crime, his life sentence will not change.

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