Re-sentencing ruling in Landry case expected in January

The Macomb Daily

Mount Clemens – — A judge will decide Jan. 6 whether two young men will stay in prison forever for the abduction and slaying of a Chesterfield Township man who was at a sub shop.

Judge Diane Druzinski heard final arguments Friday. Attorneys for Ihab Masalmani and Robert Taylor say they should be given a chance at parole.

Masalmani and Taylor were convicted of killing Matt Landry, whose body was found in 2009 in a burned-out Detroit house after he was abducted from outside an Eastpointe sub shop. Because they were under 18 at the time, they can’t automatically be given a no-parole sentence for first-degree murder.

The judge heard testimony about troubled childhoods and the men’s potential for change. But prosecutor Bill Cataldo says Masalmani and Taylor deserve a no-parole sentence.