Michigan man gets life in prison in retirement home deaths
Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:30

DETROIT (AP) — A 67-year-old grandfather has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole in the killing of two women at a Detroit retirement home.

Mike Reda of Detroit was convicted this month of first-degree murder in the October shooting deaths of 59-year-old Deborah Socia and 61-year-old Maria Gonzalez.

Reda received the mandatory sentence Thursday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Reda told police he had dated the same woman for several years and the two victims befriended her and frequently kept his girlfriend away from him. He said during a videotaped interrogation that he was filled with rage and alcohol when he shot them with an assault rifle.

Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway called it a "horrible incident." Reda told her he was "sorry for what happened."


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