Gas station clerk sent to prison for killing customer

A  28-year-old Detroit gas station clerk was sentenced Thursday to a long prison term for shooting an unarmed customer to death last year.

Rami Ali Jaber, convicted of second-degree murder in September, was sentenced in Wayne County Circuit Court by Judge Regina Thomas to 37-50 years for the shooting of 34-year-old Derek Leon Roberts. Two years of the prison term are for a felony firearms conviction.

Rami Jaber

Jaber shot Roberts at the Citgo gas station on West McNichols near the Southfield Freeway on May 13, 2018.

Roberts had approached the counter when a disturbance occurred between him and Jaber. Police said Jaber came from behind the protective area of the gas station and fired a gun at Roberts, a long distance semi-truck driver, while Roberts was trying to buy a pack of cigarettes.

 Jaber was arrested at the scene.

Roberts died as a result of a gunshot to the chest, according to an autopsy by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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