Man sentenced to life in Michigan stabbing spree

Published On: Jun 25 2012 03:07:10 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2012 10:07:57 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. -

A man convicted of murder in the first trial from a 2010 stabbing spree in Michigan has received a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

There is no parole for those convicted of first-degree murder. Short of a successful appeal, Elias Abuelazam will be locked up until he dies.

The 35-year-old Israeli native was convicted last month of fatally stabbing Arnold Minor near downtown Flint. He was sentenced Monday.

Abuelazam's lawyers tried to convince jurors that he was a paranoid schizophrenic controlled by demons during the stabbing spree. But the jury agreed with experts who interviewed Abuelazam and had a different opinion about his mental health.

Abuelazam is charged with two more murders and seven attempted murders, including one in Toledo, Ohio.


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