Sentence in '09 kidnap murder to come in Jan.

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) — A judge will decide early next year whether two young men will stay in prison forever for the abduction and slaying of a Macomb County man who was at a sub shop.

Judge Diane Druzinski heard final arguments last Friday. Attorneys for Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor say they should be given a chance at parole.

Masalmani and Taylor were convicted of killing Matt Landry, whose body was found in 2009 in a burned-out Detroit house. Because they were under 18 at the time, they can’t automatically be given a no-parole sentence for first-degree murder.

The judge heard testimony about troubled childhoods and the men’s potential for change. But prosecutor Bill Cataldo says Masalmani and Taylor deserve a no-parole sentence.

The Macomb Daily says Druzinski will decide on Jan. 6.

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