Man to get new sentence in Mich. girl's slaying

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A young man convicted of fatally stabbing a teenage girl in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula and burying her in a sand pile is expected to get a new sentence.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports an order from the Michigan Court of Appeals says Robert Schwander's sentence will be vacated and he'll be resentenced by another judge.

Grand Traverse County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power earlier this year trimmed two years off Schwander's sentence after the Court of Appeals told Power he failed to explain why he exceeded the minimum recommended under state guidelines.

A jury found Schwander guilty of second-degree murder in the 2011 death of 16-year-old Carly Lewis of Traverse City. Power initially sentenced Schwander to 40-70 years.

Power had said, however, that he already explained the sentence.

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