KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - One of two men was sentenced to life behind bars Monday in connection with the murder of a Kalamazoo antiques dealer.
Antonio Livingston was convicted last month of first-degree murder, first-degree home invasion and assault with intent to rob.
Seventy-four-year-old Robert Medema, the owner of The Emporium in Kalamazoo, was found dead Aug. 11, 2012 inside his home in the 2400 block of Oakland Drive.
Livingston spoke in court Monday after the sentencing was read --
"I do feel sorry for the loss for the Medema family, but I don't feel I was responsible for the death. I never will feel responsible for the death of Robert Medema."
Livingston also testified in his own defense, stating the other suspect, John Aguilar, beat Medema to death with a baseball bat.
Defense attorney Susan Eifler said Livingston was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Alexis Sanford said the jury didn't buy it, and by the time Livingston took the witness stand, the damage to his case was already done.
Aguilar has also been charged in Medema's death, and his trial will begin in April.
Medema's family released a statement following Monday's court hearing –
"We would like to express our appreciation for the many acts of kindness and out pouring of support from the time of my brother's death and throughout this first trial. We will be forever grateful to Detective Bill Moerian [Moorian] and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Ms. Alexis Sanford and the Kalamazoo County Prosecutors Office for their swift, diligent and expert work. As we strive to seek justice for Bob, we ask for your continued support as we embark upon this second trial. Thank you so much."
The family of Robert "Bob" Medema
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