New sentence for man convicted of 1982 murder

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - 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.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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