Man gets mandatory life in 1993 Kalamazoo killing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A 44-year-old man has denied killing a Kalamazoo businesswoman 21 years ago before a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury on May 14 found Grady Shields, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory no-parole life sentence under Michigan law. Judge Pamela Lightvoet sentenced him Monday.

Fifty-nine-year-old Lois Cox owned an industrial sales business. She disappeared on Oct. 20, 1993, and her body was found six days later inside her vehicle about 20 miles south in Three Rivers.

At the time of his arrest in Cox's slaying, Shields was serving 15 to 25 years in prison for an armed robbery he committed two weeks after Cox's body was found.

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