DETROIT – A man has been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison for his role in the killing of a 13-year-old Detroit boy who was abducted, beaten and choked after he picked up money that he found on the ground.
Earnest Coleman returned to court Thursday, less than a month after pleading guilty to torture and illegal possession of a gun.
Deontae Mitchell's body was discovered in a vacant lot in Detroit last May. Police say he was grabbed after picking up money outside a market.
Two more people will be sentenced on Nov. 18. Gregory Walker and Lillian Roberts pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and kidnapping, although Roberts' sentence is likely to be lower.
Walker's plea deal calls for 40 to 60 years in prison.