CBS62logoNEW2013_blue_final_header_White wwj950-sm2011b 971-ticket-35smb 35h_CBSSportsRad_Detroit

Local

Man Gets Life in Macomb Woman’s Stabbing Death

View Comments
Joseph Reiner

Man Charged With Murder In Macomb Woman’s Death – Joseph Reiner (Booking Photo) posted December 8, 2011

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing a grandmother inside her Metro Detroit home.

Joseph Reiner was sentenced Wednesday in Macomb County Circuit Court in the death of 69-year-old JoAnne Eisenhardt, who was stabbed in the neck at her home in Macomb Township. Police say Reiner broke into Eisenhardt’s residence on Fairchild Street in broad daylight on Feb. 23, 2011, kicked in the woman’s front door and attacked.

Eisenhardt, who was found with two knives in her neck, was able to call 911 after the attack and give a description of her assailant.  She died the following September.

The 29-year-old Reiner was convicted of first-degree felony murder in September. He has maintained his innocence and says he knows who committed the murder.

During the hearing, the victim’s son Howard Eisenhardt called Reiner a “little coward.” He said knowing Reiner killed his mother “to support a heroin addiction” makes him sick.

Reiner told Judge Peter Maceroni on Wednesday that he’s “not the one who did this.”

Reiner made headlines when asked to hide his devil horn forehead tattoos for the trial, according to his attorney, who said he agreed to cover up the ink in order to reduce any negative impact they might have on jurors’ perceptions.   He apparently got the horns tattooed just above his eyebrows by a fellow inmate while locked up after the attack.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,870 other followers