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04-10-2016, 07:11 AM


Jo-Jo White seeks new sentence in Drake Diner slayings
2:42 p.m. CDT April 8, 2016


Jo-Jo White must be re-sentenced because the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in 2012. He was 17 at the time of the Drake Diner slayings.


Prosecutors and defense lawyers are preparing to revisit one of the most infamous crimes in Des Moines' history at a new sentencing hearing on track to happen for Joseph "Jo-Jo" White Jr.

The hearing could open the door for White to someday leave prison on parole.

White, 40, is currently serving a life-without-parole prison sentence for the Nov. 29, 1992, shooting deaths of two young managers working that evening at the Drake Diner. The murders happened in front of at least 40 people inside the restaurant, setting off a tense search for the shooter before White was arrested six days later.

"I remember that as if it was yesterday," said Polk County Attorney John Sarcone, who became the county's top prosecutor in 1991.

Linked to the murders by a rare .44 Magnum handgun, White was convicted of two first-degree murder counts in 1993.

But the path for him to be re-sentenced was opened by a 5-4 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for convicted murderers who were under 18 when the crime happened. White was 17 at the time of the killings.

Cara McGrane, 25, was a manager at the Drake Diner before her death during a 1992 shooting at the restaurant

Tim Burnett, 28, had come in to his job at the Drake Diner to help set up a Christmas tree before he was killed in the 1992 shooting