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Man gets new sentence with chance at parole in 1986 slaying

December 19, 2018
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In this Dec. 14, 2018 photo, Christopher Machacek looks to Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor Michael Doby as he pleads his case for resentencing at Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Mich. Machacek, who was 16 when he killed 13-year-old Mary Ann Hulbert in Michigan, was resentenced to 37-60 years in prison for the Dec. 30, 1986 shooting death of Hulbert. She had told Machacek she might be pregnant with his child. (Jacob Hamilton/Ann Arbor News via AP)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who was 16 when he killed a 13-year-old girl in Michigan is getting a new sentence with a chance at parole.

The Ann Arbor News reports 48-year-old Christopher Machacek was resentenced Tuesday to 37-60 years in prison for the Dec. 30, 1986 shooting death of Mary Ann Hulbert in a field in Washtenaw County’s Superior Township. She had told Machacek she might be pregnant with his child.

Before the decision by Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien, Machacek pleaded for mercy but acknowledged he wasn’t sure whether he deserved it.

Prosecutors said Machacek’s admission of culpability was self-serving .

Machacek was sentenced in 1988 to life in prison without parole, but the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that no-parole life sentences for juveniles are cruel and unusual punishment.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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