BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - A man convicted of first-degree murder for killing his mother-in-law with an aluminum baseball bat at a Battle Creek home last year has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The mandatory sentence for Howard McDonald was given in Calhoun County Circuit Court. A jury last month convicted him in the November slaying of 69-year-old Joan Roush.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports McDonald told the court Friday that he was "sorry we have to be here for this."
The 50-year-old defendant also was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree home invasion.
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