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Killer in armored car robbery gets life
DETROIT (2/10/11)--A man who faced the death penalty for the murder of an armored truck guard at a Detroit-area credit union was formally sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday in federal court. Timothy O’Reilly was convicted of murder in August for fatally shooting Norman “Anthony” Stephens, 30, during a 2001 robbery while the armored truck was at the Dearborn FCU, now DFCU Financial CU (The Detroit News Feb. 8). A 10-woman, two-man jury took less than an hour to convict O’Reilly, 37, on Aug. 3, but could not reach a unanimous verdict in sentencing him to death, prompting the life sentence. O’Reilly’s trial was a rare death penalty case in the state--Michigan was the first state to abolish capital punishment in 1846, the News said. The penalty can still be imposed in federal trials. The last time someone was executed in the state was 1938, when convicted bank robber Anthony Chebatoris was hanged in Milan. Stephens was shot twice while restocking ATMs at the credit union on Dec. 14, 2001. Six people were involved in the $204,000 heist. Three testified against O’Reilly. Two others faced the death penalty in trials. A sixth suspect is deceased (News Now Aug. 27).


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