MOUNT CLEMENS, Michigan — Two young men are returning to a suburban Detroit court for new sentences in the murder of a man who was abducted outside a fast-food shop in 2009.
Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor were under 18 when Matt Landry was killed. They were automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole. But because of their age at the time, a Macomb County judge must give them another hearing Tuesday and Wednesday and decide whether a lighter punishment is appropriate.
Masalmani and Taylor still could get no-parole sentences. The hearing is a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision about minors and murder.
The 21-year-old Landry was stuffed into a car trunk in Eastpointe. His body was found in a burned-out Detroit house. Police said he was a random target.