A man who was 17 when he raped and fatally stabbed a woman on the city's Southwest Side 34 years ago received a new sentence on Tuesday.
Garron Mason was sentenced to "life without parole" for the December 1982 murder on Vries Street near U.S. 131. The new sentencing hearing was prompted by a Supreme Court ruling. The ruling says "mandatory" life for teenagers is unconstitutional.
Judge George Buth sentenced Mason to 40 to 60 years, the maximum allowed. Mason is already serving a mandatory life sentence, for killing a Kent Community Hospital worker in 1997. The victim's body was found under a freeway overpass, east of downtown Grand Rapids.