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Michigan man sentenced in shooting deaths of 2 young men

September 19, 2018
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Tracy Lawrence appears for sentencing in front of Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Jackson, Mich. Lawrence was sentenced to 19 years to 40 years in prison for the June 2016 shooting deaths of Matthew McMillen and Hunter Lentz. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A man who was convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shootings of two young men who were breaking into his truck in southern Michigan has been sentenced to 19 to 40 years in prison.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports 55-year-old Tracy Lawrence learned his punishment Wednesday after being convicted in July of the murder charge and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Lawrence shot 18-year-olds Hunter Lentz and Matthew McMillen on June 8, 2016 outside his home in Jackson County’s Springport Township.

Lawrence apologized to their families on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have said Lawrence first killed Lentz, who likely died instantly, and continued firing at McMillen as he fled.

The defense argued Lawrence acted in self-defense or he was lawfully stopping the escape of fleeing felons.

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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