Flint brothers convicted of lesser charges in 2nd trial

Associated Press

Flint – Two Flint brothers have been convicted of lesser charges in a second trial after an appeals court threw out their second-degree murder convictions.

The Flint Journal reported Keonte and Marquel Sadler were granted new trials because of incomplete jury instructions during the first round. They were charged in the fatal shooting of a man behind a Flint liquor store in 2014.

Keonte Sadler faces up to 17 years in prison after a manslaughter conviction and other crimes. It’s a lighter punishment than his minimum 50-year term for murder from the first trial. Defense attorney Carl Jordan tells The Flint Journal it’s a “huge difference.”

Marquel Sadler was convicted of a gun crime.

The Sadlers were at the scene of the shooting. But lawyers say one brother was forced to use force to defend the other from an angry mob.