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Blended Sentence For Teen In Lansing Murder Case

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A youth who helped abduct and kill a 19-year-old Lansing woman when he was 13 has been sentenced to stay in a juvenile facility until he’s 21, at which point his sentence will be reassessed.

Ingham County Judge George Economy gave the 15-year-old Lansing boy the so-called “delayed sentence” on Friday. It keeps him institutionalized but delays the decision on whether to send him to an adult prison.

Police say Johnson was dragged out of her bed and thrown into the trunk of a car, where she was shot multiple times.

Authorities say the group hoped to gain access to her boyfriend’s marijuana plants.

The boy was convicted of murder. He was also found guilty of home invasion, assault with intent to rob while armed, felony firearm and two conspiracy counts.

His 34-year-old father and four other men, ranging in age from 20 to 24, were charged in federal court in connection with the case, and two additional men pleaded guilty in federal court.

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