DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 22-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for fatally shooting a Detroit cab driver during a robbery.

Jerrel Files was sentenced to the mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole Tuesday after being convicted of first-degree murder and firearms charges in the April 13, 2013 killing of 42-year-old Checker Cab driver Michael Uche.

Uche was found lying dead next to his vehicle in front of a house on Goulburn Avenue, near 8 Mile Road and Groesbeck Highway on Detroit’s east side.

Authorities say Uche was shot to death. Few other details have been released.

Charges against Files were briefly dismissed late last year after two key witnesses failed to appear for a trial. The charges were reinstated just hours later though, at the request of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

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