MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — The Michigan appeals court has upheld no-parole sentences for two men who were teens when a customer was abducted at a suburban Detroit sandwich shop and killed in 2009.
The decisions released Friday are significant. Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor were given an opportunity for a shorter sentence as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. But a Macomb County judge — and now the appeals court — said no-parole punishments still fit the crime.
Matt Landry of Chesterfield Township was abducted from a shop in Eastpointe. Evidence showed Masalmani and Taylor withdrew money from his bank account and shot Landry in the head at an abandoned Detroit house.
The 23-year-old Taylor was 16 at the time. The 24-year-old Masalmani was 17. Prosecutor Eric Smith calls them “hardened” and “remorseless.”