- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Two men have received life prison sentences in the killing of a 28-year-old man scheduled to testify in a Detroit freeway shooting case.

The Ann Arbor News reports (https://bit.ly/1yz19Sp ) 32-year-old Willie Wimberly was sentenced Wednesday in Washtenaw County to life without parole for first-degree murder and life in prison for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He was convicted in the January 2013 killing of Brandon Charles of Ypsilanti Township.

His cousin, 25-year-old Lawrence Mathews, received a life sentence for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Both men received shorter sentences for gun-related crimes. Wimberly also received 10 to 22 ½ years for witness intimidation.

Charles was one of two people wounded following a traffic confrontation. He was scheduled to take the stand in the preliminary examination of Wimberly and another man charged in the shooting.


Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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