Woman serving life for murder resentenced to 63 years in prison

CHICAGO -- A woman who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed as teenager has been resentenced to 63-years in prison, clearing the way for her release in as soon as 7 1/2 years.

Jacqueline Montanez was 15-years-old in 1992 when she and a 21-year-old woman shot and killed two rival male gang members in retaliation for another gang murder.

Montanez was resentenced Friday under a "U.S. Supreme Court order" vacating life sentences for juvenile offenders.

Montanez told the court she is not the monster she used to be.

The judge said he doesn't think she'll ever be able to atone for the crime. But, he concluded that she was not among the worst of juvenile offenders who deserve life.

-The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report