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Kimmell family shares anger over change in killer's sentence

CASPER — Nearly two decades after being sentenced to death, Dale Wayne Eaton was ordered Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole or commutation. 

Eaton was convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of Lisa Marie Kimmell, which took place in Casper in 1988. Friday was the 34-year anniversary of Kimmell’s disappearance.

Eaton’s trial and conviction took place in 2004, and he was originally sentenced to death. 

But court appeals kept that punishment from being carried out, and prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty in September after a...

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