Maslamani (Todd McInturf / Detroit News)
Mount Clemens — Doreen Landry three years ago told the killer of her 21-year-old son Matthew Landry the pain of the crime will never go away.
The pain was felt anew Wednesday when she attended a sentencing hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court for Ihab Maslamani, the man found guilty of abducting Landry, killing him and dumping his body in an abandoned house in Detroit.
Maslamani and Robert Taylor, who was also found guilty of the crime, will be in court again in February where lawyers will reevaluate their prison terms in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down mandatory no-parole sentences for teenagers found guilty of murder.
“It brings up all the anxiety from before,” Doreen Landry said. “It brings back all the ugliness of losing Matt. I have all the faith in Bill Cataldo and the (Macomb County) prosecutor’s office will do what they need to do and I am confident that the judge will make the right decision.”
Taylor helped then 17-year-old Maslamani, who beat and shoved Landry into Landry’s Honda Accord in the parking lot of an Eastpointe Quiznos on Aug. 9, 2009. Taylor, then 16, acted as a lookout.
Landry was found Aug. 13, 2009, shot execution-style inside a burned-out house in Detroit.
Maslamani, now 21, was convicted on 18 counts, including felony murder. Taylor was found guilty of six counts, which included the murder of Landry.
Taylor’s lawyer, Jonathan B.D. Simon, had no comment after the hearing before Judge Diane M. Druzinski.
Valerie Newman, Maslamani’s appellate attorney, said she will ask for life with the possibility of parole.
“Technically he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years but because he’s serving significant terms on the other charges, realistically he would not be eligible for parole for a very long time,” she said.
Newman said she supports the Supreme Court’s decision because there’s science showing how the brain develops and when it fully matures. She said the legal system must take such science into account when dealing with juvenile offenders.
“If we are going to talk in the legal system about holding people responsible, you can’t say a child or young adult has the same level of responsibility as an adult with a fully developed brain,” she said.
Doreen Landry said she understands the Supreme Court’s decision, but not in this case.
“This is a slam dunk. It is a slam dunk. This was no accident,” Landry said. “They knew exactly what they were doing.”
The hearing for Maslamani will be held Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, while Taylor’s is Feb. 21.