Flint brothers convicted of lesser charges in 2nd trial

October 24, 2018 GMT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two Flint brothers have been convicted of lesser charges in a second trial after an appeals court threw out their second-degree murder convictions.

Keonte and Marquel Sadler were granted new trials because of incomplete jury instructions during the first round. They were charged in the fatal shooting of a man behind a Flint liquor store in 2014.

Keonte Sadler faces up to 17 years in prison after a manslaughter conviction and other crimes. It’s a lighter punishment than his minimum 50-year term for murder from the first trial. Defense attorney Carl Jordan tells The Flint Journal it’s a “huge difference.”

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Marquel Sadler was convicted of a gun crime.

The Sadlers were at the scene of the shooting. But lawyers say one brother was forced to use force to defend the other from an angry mob.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint