Christine Lockheart is now eligible for parole after spending more than half her life in an Iowa prison for first-degree murder.

She was 17 in 1985 when she and her 24-year-old boyfriend, Rick Dwayne Nebinger, were accused of fatally stabbing Floyd Brown in his Davenport home.

Lockheart, now 46, was convicted as a juvenile and sentenced to life in prison without parole. That was until a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.

Several such cases are being kicked back to Scott County for resentencing hearings. Lockheart's was Thursday.

"Under the facts of the case and laws established under the U.S. Supreme Court, her sentence is life with parole," Scott County Attorney Mike Walton said.

Walton added that revisiting the case has been difficult on Brown's family.

Brown was a 79-year-old retired city bus driver and a Lockheart family friend whom she called "grandpa." She also had worked as a housekeeper for Brown.

Nebinger drove her to Brown's home on Feb. 17, 1985, where Nebinger then robbed, bound and fatally stabbed Brown while Lockheart stayed in the car. The victim was stabbed 13 times and left on his bed with a knife sticking from his neck.

Lockheart admitted guilt and apologized for the crime.

Nebinger, also sentenced to life in prison without parole, unsuccessfully appealed his conviction and tried to claim Lockheart was the one who stabbed Brown. Nebinger died of cancer in 2012 at age 51.

Lockheart is serving her sentence at the women's prison in Mitchellville.

Walton said Lockheart's case is the first of several coming back to Scott County to be resentenced following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The next resentencing hearing is set for April 15 for Romeo Hardin, who was 15 at the time of the fatal shooting of Augustus "Gus" Nance in Davenport on Aug. 22, 1996. He was 16 when a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in Nance's death.

(11) comments

edwalle88

I can't believe how horrible and thick some of you people are. This article doesn't describe it too well but its been stated many times that she had no knowledge of the murder until her boyfriend came back to the car where she was waiting. All she is guilty of is not turning him in. She was 17, he was 24, she probably didn't have the nerve to go against him so in effect aided and abetted him after the event, even though she didn't actually help him KILL the man. I know murder is murder and it is awful, but the guy was 79. She was only 17 and no way deserved to lose her freedom for the rest of her life for WAITING IN THE CAR WITH NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE TO WHAT WAS GOING ON. How would you people like to be locked up for decades with criminals who had actually done the things they are sentenced for? Or is that just so outside possibility because you all lead nice middle-class lives and wouldn't get mixed up with 24 year old bad boyfriends. The fact that every thing I've read about this brings up her age at the time as a reason she shouldn't have been given that sentence misses the point in my opinion. If she was 18 would that just be fine that she got life without parole for waiting in a car? What a waste of life. Christ, I'm glad I don't live in America. One of the places in the world where it's acceptable and easy for prosecutors to hand down sentences like 99 years that equate to life in prison for things less than murder. Would it be the worst thing in the world if she got out years ago after serving a year or two? She wouldn't be a risk what with having to get off parole. She'd maybe be better off in prison away from bigoted, right-wing folks like yourselves.

Santony25

So glad she is happy! ......
Keep her locked up!!!!

StarvedRock

Let her do the time! A person lost there life be arise of her. I love the smile in the pic from prison!!!! Really shows how sorry she is don't it?.. …

birdie72653

She was old enough to know right from wrong, she did the crime, was sentenced, leave it that way.

Klaatu
Klaatu

We have long had a separation between the juvenile and adult justice system. When juveniles started committing crimes normally only committed by adults we started the process of treating juveniles as adults. I do not think this woman presents a threat to the public any more so than any other person. She did not personally kill the gentleman. While her actions were not proper and what we want. I don't think they rise to the level of incarcerating her for the rest of her life. I hope she has grown up and will use the opportunity to salvage her life. I wish her the best.

finch

What do you know about this particular woman, Klaat? I'm guessing… nothing. She presents more of a threat to the public more than the average person, because she's not your average, sane person.

RNeb

Don't dare let this girl out she has not even taken responsibility for her actions she still says she was in the car and I know that's a lie!!! Take responsibility for what you did your fall partner did!!

georgeandersonxyz

I'm usually the first one to advocate hanging 'em high. But this lady has spent nearly three decades in prison for a horrible crime that she committed as a teenager. It's time she gets another chance.

Vargos
Vargos

We're talking a very violent murder here, not shoplifting. I don't care how long she's been in prison, it's not long enough. She did the crime, she was found guilty, she was sentenced, she should serve her time, period!

ttdad

Because the Wizards so much smarter and superior to us mortals changed their minds and rules.

Santony25

Why should she get parole? Brown doesn't get to come back from the dead....

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