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Life In Prison For UP Man In Murder Of Elderly Woman

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CRYSTAL FALLS (AP) – A 45-year-old Upper Peninsula man has received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for murdering an 81-year-old woman who was scheduled to testify as a witness in his theft case.

An Iron County jury in Crystal Falls on May 4 found 45-year-old David Levack of Kingsford guilty of felony murder, home invasion and witness intimidation in the death of Joyce Johnson.

The Daily News of Iron Mountain says a judge sentenced him Monday.

Authorities say the woman from Stambaugh Township was scheduled to be in an Iron County court Sept. 27, 2011, to testify. When she didn’t appear, deputies found her dead at home

Levack testified that Johnson was like a grandmother to him, denying killing her and saying he has no idea who did.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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