Michigan man sentenced in slaying of mother-in-law

BATTLE CREEK (AP) -- A man convicted of first-degree murder for killing his mother-in-law with an aluminum baseball bat at a Battle Creek home last year has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The mandatory sentence for Howard McDonald was given in Calhoun County Circuit Court. A jury last month convicted him in the November slaying of 69-year-old Joan Roush.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported McDonald told the court Friday that he was "sorry we have to be here for this."

The 50-year-old defendant also was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree home invasion.

Published: Tue, Oct 23, 2012