- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole in the 2005 slaying of his stepfather in Flint.

The Flint Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1tEVHbF ) Terrell Dejuan Roche was sentenced Monday in the death of 49-year-old Ralph Matthews, who was found fatally shot Oct. 23, 2005, in the kitchen of a burning home.

Roche was charged in November as part of the state and federal prosecution of the Howard Boys gang. He was convicted in July of first-degree murder and second-degree arson.

Defense lawyer Tricia Raymond has said that Roche loved his stepfather and that he maintained his innocence throughout the trial. She says an appeal is expected.

Roche already was in behind bars after pleading no contest in a 2006 armed robbery and assault.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint


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