Man sentenced in 2016 slaying of Detroit officer

DETROIT (AP) - A 22-year-old man charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Detroit police officer has been sentenced to 40 to 75 years in prison.

Marquise Cromer told a judge last Thursday that he was hearing voices and thought God was speaking to him when Sgt. Kenneth Steil was shot in September 2016.

Cromer pleaded no contest - guilty but mentally ill last month to second-degree murder and other charges. He also pleaded no contest - guilty but mentally ill to assault with intent to murder, carjacking and firearms violations.

Cromer shot Steil in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun while police pursued him for the carjacking and separate shooting of his father. Steil died of a blood clot five days later. He was a 20-year veteran of the police department.

Published: Mon, Feb 19, 2018