GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A drawn-out murder case came to an end Monday when a judge sentenced Jack Jacqmain to 40-80 years in prison for murder.
In August 2010, Jacqmain stabbed and killed Mark Moore, 31, of Indiana at the former Motel 6 on 3 Mile & Alpine Ave in Walker. A few days earlier, Jacqmain had walked away from a mental health facility in Kent County.
Last month, Jacqmain waived his right to a trial, and pleaded no contest, but mentally ill to second-degree murder.
Moore's family was glad to know that Jacqmain will die in prison, but they told Judge Jim Redford they wish Jacqmain could have received the death penalty.
"When a dog bites somebody they put it down - I wish Michigan has the death penalty, because I'd be back to watch them execute you" said Barbara Moore, the victim's mother.
Jacqmain, 54, suffers from bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. After multiple tries, he was found competent to stand trial last October.
His attorney, Val Foster, told the court Monday that her clients were the result of a mental health system that has become too lax. "He would have been in a mental hospital 40 years ago-- this wouldn't have happened 40 years ago," Foster said.
Jacqmain himself addressed the court briefly, saying, "I didn't mean to get in a fight when I first started with that guy - the first two blows broke my hand and he wouldn't stop... I should have closed the door and let bygones be bygones."