Prosecutors said Roderick Calvin Thomas and two other men planned to rob occupants of the apartment in March 2004. Authorities say there were nine people inside when they broke in, including 17-year-old Heather Rhodes. The Starr’s Mill High School student was doing her homework in the living room.
Prosecutors say Thomas shot her with a shotgun after she pleaded for her life, and she died holding the pencil she was using to do her homework.
Thomas appealed, but the high court said in its unanimous decision released Monday that his sentence of life without parole will stand.