New sentence ordered for young man in murder

EASTPOINTE (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.

Published: Fri, Mar 22, 2013