- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A judge has heard testimony but hasn’t ordered a sentence yet for a teenager convicted of killing a 73-year-old woman in her Flint home when he was 14.

A first-degree murder conviction automatically brings a life sentence with no parole in Michigan. But because Mark Jones Jr. was under 18 at the time, he’s entitled to a hearing where a judge can consider many factors about Jones‘ childhood before setting a punishment.

The hearing started Wednesday in Genesee County court and will resume Thursday. The 17-year-old Jones still could get a life sentence from Judge Archie Hayman.

Merlyne Wray was robbed and shot in her home in 2010. Jones was convicted of murder and five other crimes in November.


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