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Judge again must explain probation sentence in death of Detroit burglar who was surrendering


DETROIT — The Michigan appeals court again has asked a Detroit-area judge to explain why probation is an appropriate sentence in the death of a burglar who tried to surrender.

Tigh Croff, a victim of home break-ins, chased Herbert Silas and fatally shot him on Detroit's east side in 2009. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, but Judge Michael Hathaway ordered probation instead of prison.

Prosecutors have objected to the punishment. The appeals court suggests the sentence still can survive a challenge, but it wants to hear more justification from the judge. It's the second time the case has been sent back to Wayne County court.

Croff did serve a two-year prison sentence for use of a gun, a separate crime.

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