Sourander sentenced to 25-50 years for involuntary manslaughter

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WEST BRANCH — Patrick Sourander was resentenced for the November 2014 shooting of Brett Ritter in 34th Circuit Court on Wednesday, March 11, this time on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. 

Sourander was originally convicted of second-degree murder in February of 2016 and faced 36-50 years in prison. However, that conviction was overturned by the Michigan Court of Appeals on the grounds that the jury in that trial was not instructed on the possible lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter. 

In total, Sourander was sentenced on five counts, including involuntary manslaughter as a fourth felony offense, carrying 25-50 years in prison, possession of a firearm by a felon, two felony firearms charges and assault with a felonious assault charge. The manslaughter, felony firearms and felonious assault convictions are to be served concurrently, and the charges of felony firearms, each carrying 24-month sentences, are to be served concurrently. The two sentences are to be served consecutively.

In total, Sourander was given credit for five years served, meaning that he has served three years of his 25-50 year sentence for involuntary manslaughter and will be eligible for parole in 2042. 

A complete story regarding Sourander’s sentencing will be available in the March 19 edition of the Ogemaw County Herald. 

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