- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - A 20-year-old Gary man was been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the beating death of a 60-year-old woman.

The Times of Munster reports (https://bit.ly/1CZsAUK) Lake County Judge Diane Boswell sentenced Ahkeem Scott-Manna on Thursday in the 2012 death of his neighbor, Dorothy Griffin. The Lake County coroner’s office ruled she died from blunt force trauma.

Scott-Manna’s first trial ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. He was found guilty in September.

Defense attorney John Maksimovich asked Boswell to impose a more lenient sentence because of his client’s young age, and because the murder charge was his first felony conviction as an adult.

Scott-Manna requested a public defender to file an appeal.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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