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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Grosse Pointe Park Neighbor’s Strangling Death

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Myron Williams is seen in court. (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ, File)

Myron Williams is seen in court. (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ, File)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A man convicted of strangling his Grosse Pointe Park neighbor while robbing her has received the mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. .

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin sentenced 43-year-old Myron Williams Wednesday afternoon.

Before the sentencing, Williams said he got “no justice” and was “railroaded” from the day he was arrested.

A prosecutor read a letter in court from Verona Gianino, who says she wishes Michigan had a death penalty so Williams could pay for the death of her only daughter, Sabrina Gianino.

A jury found Williams guilty March 27 of first-degree murder and unarmed robbery.

A cord was found around 35-year-old Sabrina Gianino’s neck when her body was found in the flat she shared with her boyfriend on Wayburn Street, near Jefferson —  just east of the Detroit city limit. The Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors said, after killing Gianino, Williams —  was staying with a relative who lived next door to Gianino — walked to his nearby dealer’s house and where he traded the victim’s laptop and some other belongings for $30 and a crack rock.

The defense argued that Williams’s fingerprints and DNA were not found at the scene, also pointing out that a mallet found in Gianino’s boyfriend’s car was never tested as a possible murder weapon.

Defense attorney Charles Longstreet II says Williams maintains his innocence and planned to appeal.

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