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CRASH-MOB ATTACK

Judge: Detroit mob beating sentences will stand

DETROIT (AP) - A judge is sticking to light sentences for two men who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist in April.

Prosecutors lost their bid Friday to get James Davis and Latrez Cummings sent to prison for the attack on Steve Utash.

The suburban tree trimmer was severely beaten when he got out of his pickup truck to help a boy who had darted in front of the vehicle. Utash was in a coma after the beating. Five people pleaded guilty to assault.

The 24-year-old Davis must serve a year in jail, although he can be released during the day for a job. The 19-year-old Cummings is serving six months in jail. They're also on probation.

The judge says he was influenced by age and other factors.

RUNNER DIES-DOG ATTACK

Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack

METAMORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a jogger along a rural Michigan road could be charged.

Authorities in Lapeer County say 46-year-old Craig Sytsma of Livonia was attacked Wednesday by the cane corsos in Metamora Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Authorities say he died of his injuries at a hospital.

In Michigan, a person may face involuntary manslaughter or other charges in such an attack. The county prosecutor's office is expected to review the case.

The dogs, previously identified as bull mastiffs, are quarantined at the county animal shelter.

Detective Jason Parks says the dogs were brought in the 45-year-old owner. Authorities will seek to have the dogs destroyed.

Oxford resident April Smith tells the Detroit Free Press one of the dogs attacked her in 2012.

BODY FOUND-ARMADA

Authorities: Body of female found in wooded area

ARMADA, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say the body of a female has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.

State police say the discovery was reported Thursday evening. State police say in a statement it's being investigated as a possible homicide.

On Friday morning, police said they're looking for a grey van that had dents and was occupied by two males. Police say the role of the van in the case hasn't been determined.

The age of the female or her identity wasn't released by police. An autopsy is planned. A news conference is Friday afternoon.

The body was found near the Macomb Orchard Trail. It runs in Macomb County in the area of the village, which is about 35 miles northeast of Detroit.

BOY KILLED-MICHIGAN

Michigan man gets life in prison for child's death

ROMEO, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

A jury convicted Ronald Dimambro Jr. of Washington Township in June of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the slaying of Damian Sutton. First-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty in Michigan of life in prison without parole. Macomb County Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Dimambro on Thursday.

Authorities say Dimambro was babysitting for Damian last Aug. 21 when the man attacked the boy, breaking his skull. Damian died six days later.

E MICHIGAN-PLAYER SLAIN

Closing arguments Monday in player's slaying

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a man accused in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

Twenty-one-year-old Ed Thomas of Detroit faces open murder and robbery charges in the Oct. 18 death of the 20-year-old from Chicago's South Side.

Kristopher Pratt last week pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The 20-year-old from Detroit admits he shot Reed in the body and head.

Pratt testified Thursday that he and Thomas followed Reed. Pratt says Thomas took Reed's iPhone and wallet before the shooting.

Lorne Brown, a lawyer representing Thomas, earlier told jurors that Pratt's testimony was "bought and paid for."

Carl Reed told The Ann Arbor News Thursday that the jury has enough information "to make the right decision" about his son's slaying.

IRAN-AMERICAN DETAINED

Group seeks pardon for ex-Marine convicted in Iran

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - A Muslim rights organization is asking Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a pardon or re-trial for a former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges who was accused of working for the CIA.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says in a letter Thursday his organization has met twice with Iranian officials in New York about the case of Amir Hekmati.

Walid made the appeal as the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan approaches.

Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Arizona and raised in Michigan, was arrested in August 2011 and sentenced to death for spying. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence. He later was convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

CEMETERY VANDALISM-DETROIT

Police: Vandals cause damage at Detroit cemetery

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage to a cemetery in southwest Detroit.

The Detroit News reports officers responded Thursday to Woodmere Cemetery, where urns were knocked over and cremated remains spread around. Officer Adam Madera says vandals also spray painted on walls and broke glass.

The damage was discovered by a caretaker. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Detroit police.

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