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Convicted teen killer appears in court

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Sam Young appears in court with his defense attorney. (Feb. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) Sam Young appears in court with his defense attorney. (Feb. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)

Samuel Young, the teen currently serving 25 years in prison for killing an 8-year old girl in 2008, was back in Greenville County court Thursday morning.

Nineteen-year-old Young requested to appear at a post conviction relief hearing to have his sentence reduced. Only FOX Carolina was in court as Young decided to withdraw that request. After consulting with his attorney, Young verbally declared his decision to the judge.

The victim's mother, who was present at the hearing, told us it was difficult to see her daughter's killer again.

"Dragging us back into court just to say 'never mind' is shameful," she said.  

Back in 2008, Young entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal sexual conduct in the death of 8-year-old Dymia Woody.

Woody's body was found in a vacant mobile home in July 2008 after her mother had reported her missing the night before. The coroner's office has said that Woody died from asphyxiation because of a breathing obstruction, and that there were visible signs of sexual assault on her body.

Investigators charged then 14-year-old Young, who lived in the neighborhood, with murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with Woody's death. However, many at the time questioned whether or not Young should be tried as a child or as an adult.

They said the decision to arrest the boy was made based on DNA tests. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each charge, to be served concurrently.

At today's hearing, Young acknowledged he would serve his full sentence.

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