Man gets 40-82 years in Detroit firefighter's death

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

One of three people charged in the death of a veteran Detroit firefighter will spend up to 82 years in prison for his role in the 2015 murder.

Timmy Lynn Soto at his preliminary examination in April.

Timmy Lynn Soto, 33, pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to second-degree murder and felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He was sentenced Wednesday to 38 to 80 years for the murder charge plus an additional two years for felony firearm.

Firefighter David Madrigal was found dead Dec. 21, 2015 in his home on Vaughan on the west side. The 59-year-old's family said his home had been ransacked and a safe containing cash was missing.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner concluded Madrigal died of blunt force trauma to the head, reportedly from a gym weight.

Madrigal's burning vehicle was discovered two days earlier on Dec. 19, in an alley near the 3800 block of Bangor, officials said at the time.

David Madrigal

A second suspect in the case, Christian Rasnick, 20, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to second-degree murder. The third suspect, Nicole Oneill, 34, is expected to go to trial March 8 on charges of armed robbery, third-degree arson, and larceny in a building.

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