Court of Appeals orders new sentencing hearing for Masalmani in Landry abduction and murder
11:39 AM, Mar 20, 2013
6:34 PM, Mar 20, 2013
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) - A mandatory no-parole sentence has been overturned in the case of a young man who was convicted of abducting and killing a customer at a Detroit-area sandwich shop.
The Michigan appeals court says Ihab Masalmani is entitled to a new hearing because the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down mandatory no-parole sentences for murder committed by teenagers.
Masalmani was 17 when Matt Landry was abducted outside a Quiznos in Eastpointe in 2009. Landry's body was discovered in a house in Detroit.
When he returns to Macomb County court, Masalmani still could get the same life sentence. But he's entitled to a hearing where a judge can consider many factors, including Masalmani's troubled childhood.
Co-defendant Robert Taylor likely will get a new hearing, too. He was 16 when Landry was killed.