GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Michael Piranian, detectives said, beat a sleeping woman after setting a fire to her Sparta home and intended to kill her and another person. Instead, he killed a young woman trapped in the basement of the home.
Monday, the 62-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and a lesser charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and will spend at least 30 years in prison.
In March, Kori VanHulle was living at the house and was not his intended target. She died in the fire at the age of 24.
Piranian will be officially sentenced in November.
Jahleel Hoskins has pleaded guilty to several charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of his girlfriend, Latrice Maze.
It all started with an ad on Craigslist and a West Michigan man who was trying to get rid of one single Christmas tree. But it resulted in 40 families looking forward to a brighter holiday.
Douglas Kacos, the owner of the New Beginnings restaurant chain, has pleaded guilty to money laundering.