GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An ex-con awaiting trial on accusations of strangling his girlfriend to keep the mother of five from implicating him in a stabbing has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the earlier attack.
Kent County Circuit Judge James R. Redford on Monday sentenced Jahleel Hoskins to 25-75 years in prison. A jury found Hoskins guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for attacking Kenneth Harris in a parking lot Feb. 19.
The jury also convicted the 26-year-old Hoskins of perjury.
Authorities say Hoskins strangled 26-year-old Latrice Maze to prevent her from telling police about the stabbing from fear she'd lose custody of her children for non-cooperation.