Charleston Teen Seeks Lesser Prison Sentence

A Charleston teenager is seeking a lesser prison sentence. 17-year old Thomas Mallo is just a few weeks away from his 18th birthday and has to start serving a 40-year prison sentence then. Mallo was convicted of killing an elderly neighbor and has been held at the Industrial Home for Youth in Salem since he pleaded guilty in 2010 to second-degree murder. Mallo was 14 when 80-year-old Phyllis Jean Phares died in 2009. Prosecutors say he stabbed her to death. Kanawha County Chief Public Defender George Castelle plans to ask a judge to reduce the sentence. Kanawha County attorneys are expected to oppose the move.