Man gets at least 25 years in prison for home invasion death




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years for a central Ohio home invasion robbery in which his accomplice was strangled during a brawl with the home's occupants.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2c6KXk9 ) reports 33-year-old Michael Long was sentenced Wednesday.

Long maintains his innocence. His attorney says Long plans to appeal the conviction.

Long was convicted in August of charges including murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with the July 2015 home invasion in Columbus.

Trial testimony indicated Long and Clement Cooper entered the house to steal guns. One occupant was beaten unconscious and tied up, and another was shot. A third who was repeatedly stabbed killed Cooper during a melee.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com
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