Second teen sentenced in church guard's death

DETROIT (AP) -- The second of two teenagers convicted of murdering an 84-year-old Detroit church guard has been sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan sentenced 18-year-old Alandre Boone on Wednesday for second-degree murder and having a firearm in a felony.

Fifteen-year-old co-defendant Anthony Williams was sentenced Sept. 26 to 14 to 32 years for the same offenses. He was tried and convicted as an adult.

Joseph Lewis Jr. was working outside Victory Way Assembly Church of God in Christ on May 9 when the teens attacked him and he was fatally shot.

Court records show that Boone had a juvenile record for domestic violence and incorrigibility.

Lewis's son-in-law Gary Melvin has said the family has no animosity toward the teens and says Lewis taught forgiveness.

Published: Fri, Oct 5, 2012