Man sentenced in slaying of man, 72, found in shallow grave

June 12, 2018

TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — A young man has been sentenced to 41 to 60 years in prison for his role in the slaying of a 72-year-old northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave in August.

The Bay City Times reports 21-year-old Daniel J. Olar of Pontiac learned his punishment Monday. Olar pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder in the slaying of 72-year-old Roger Lee Knickerbocker of Hale.

Co-defendant Christopher R. Grinnell of Bay City earlier was sentenced to 22½ to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Investigators say Knickerbocker was killed on or about Aug. 3. A tip from an arrested woman led police to Knickerbocker’s body behind his home.

Grinnell said Olar had the idea to kill Knickerbocker for money. Olar’s defense argued that Knickerbocker assaulted Olar.


Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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