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Man in death penalty case to get life in prison
DETROIT (8/27/10)--Timothy O'Reilly, 37, who was convicted in the killing of an armored-truck guard outside a Dearborn, Mich.-based credit union, will get a life sentence, without parole, instead of the rare death penalty sought by prosecutors. The death penalty would have required a unanimous decision from the 10-woman, two-man jury, but only four jurors voted in favor of the death penalty (The Detroit News Aug. 26). The jury returned its verdict late Wednesday afternoon. The guard, Norman Stephens, 30, was shot twice while restocking ATMs at Dearborn FCU (now DFCU Financial CU) on Dec. 14, 2001. Six people were involved in the $204,000 heist. Three testified against O'Reilly. Two others face the death penalty in pending trials. A sixth suspect is deceased. O'Reilly was convicted by the same jury on Aug. 3. He will be sentenced formally on Feb. 8. Michigan was the first state to outlaw the death penalty, but the penalty can be used in certain federal cases. The last execution in the state occurred in 1938. The last person sentenced to death under federal law in Michigan is still on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., said the Detroit Free Press (Aug. 26).


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