Man sentenced to life in Michigan stabbing spree
Updated On: Jun 25 2012 10:07:57 AM EDT
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.