DETROIT (AP) _ A teen-ager has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a 27-year-old man who fought when his car was stolen during the celebration after the Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series.

William Bryant, 17, was sentenced Tuesday on his first-degree murder conviction in the shooting of Raymond Dobrzynski of Ypsilanti after Dobrzynski resisted having his car stolen. Bryant was tried as an adult.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Detroit Recorder's Judge Vera Massey Jones said she probably would have imposed the same penalty even if weren't mandatory.

Defnse attorney W. Otis Culpepper said his client was being made a scapegoat by city officials embarrassed by widespread negative publicity over the violence that followed the Tigers' triumph over the San Diego Padres.