DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit teenager was sentenced Wednesday to four to six years in a juvenile facility for his role in the slaying of a French street artist.
Under the sentence he received, the 15-year-old could face up to 65 years in prison if he gets into more trouble, The Detroit News reported (https://detne.ws/1oQeN0A ).
He was convicted of murder and robbery and is the fourth defendant sentenced in the death of 23-year-old Bilal Berreni. The others are adults.
Berreni was shot in the face during a robbery outside an abandoned Detroit housing project in 2013. Berreni had no identification, and it took months to identify him through fingerprints.
The teen wasn’t accused of pulling the trigger. Police have said he told officers that he and his friends were shooting dice when they decided to rob and kill someone. The teen also said he and his friends took $300, credit cards and a backpack from Berreni, police said.
The Associated Press is not naming him because of his age.
Dionte Travis, 19, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Jasin Curtis, 18, received a prison sentence of 25 to 40 years. Drequone Rich, 21, was sentenced to 23 to 40 years.
In a statement read in court Wednesday by an assistant prosecutor, Berreni’s father, Mourad, called his son’s killers “assassins.”
“What do we care if you spend, 20, 50, or 100 years in prison?” Mourad Berreni wrote. “We will never forgive you for having taken, without reason, the life of the flesh of our flesh, our young son and brother.”
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