Judge again orders no prison in vigilante killing - WNEM TV 5

Judge again orders no prison in vigilante killing

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DETROIT (AP) -

A judge declined a second time to order a prison term for a Detroit man who chased and killed a suspected burglar.

An additional year of probation was added to Tigh Croff's sentence for voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors who wanted a tougher punishment had persuaded the state appeals court to send the case back to Wayne County Judge Michael Hathaway for a new hearing Friday.

Croff, a victim of home break-ins, chased Herbert Silas and fatally shot him on Detroit's east side in December 2009. Croff is serving a two-year prison sentence for using a gun, a separate crime. He's supposed to be released in February.

The judge says Croff has a good record behind bars and has had many "second thoughts" about the shooting.

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