A man accused of killing an armored-truck courier has been found guilty in federal court and could face a death sentence. Thirty-seven-year-old Timothy O’Reilly was convicted Tuesday on six counts including murder and bank robbery.
Prosecutors said O’Reilly bragged about the killing during a secretly recorded conversation. O’Reilly’s lawyer said another man fatally shot Norman Stephens during a middle-of-the-night robbery at Dearborn Federal Credit Union in 2001.
The defense said O’Reilly was living in Camarillo, Calif., when he came under the spell of co-defendant Norman Duncan, a Detroit native who encouraged him to move to Michigan.
O’Reilly could be sentenced to death under federal law.
Defense attorney Harold Gurewitz said the penalty phase begins Monday.
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