Skakel Loses Bid to Shorten Sentence

Judges said there was nothing inappropriate about the sentence that was handed down.

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    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel has lost his bid to shorten his prison sentence of 20 years to life for the October 1975 killing of Martha Moxley, 15.

    A three-judge panel has rejected Skakel's application for his sentence to be reviewed and said there was nothing inappropriate about the sentence that was handed down.

    Skakel's lawyer, Hubert Santos, argued in Middletown Superior Court recently that Skakel received an excessive sentence for his 2002 murder conviction in the beating death of Moxley when the two were teen neighbors in the wealthy town of Greenwich.

    Skakel, 51, is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.