Court affirms sentences in abduction, murder

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) - The Michigan appeals court has upheld no-parole sentences for two men who were teens when a customer was abducted at a suburban Detroit sandwich shop and killed in 2009.

The decisions released last Friday are significant. Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor were given an opportunity for a shorter sentence as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But a Macomb County judge - and now the appeals court - said no-parole punishments still fit the crime.

Matt Landry of Chesterfield Township was abducted from a shop in Eastpointe. Evidence showed Masalmani and Taylor withdrew money from his bank account and shot Landry in the head at an abandoned Detroit house.

The 23-year-old Taylor was 16 at the time. The 24-year-old Masalmani was 17. Prosecutor Eric Smith calls them "hardened" and "remorseless."

Published: Tue, Sep 27, 2016


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