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May decision on no-parole sentence for teen killer

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A judge will reveal May 9 whether a boy who was 14 when he murdered a 73-year-old woman in her Flint home will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A sentencing hearing for Mark Jones Jr. ended Thursday in Genesee County Circuit Court, with Tiniya Tyler testifying that her now-17-year-old son wasn't responsible for the killing.

She acknowledges he did commit other crimes.

Merlyne Wray was robbed and shot in her home in 2010. A jury convicted the teen of first-degree murder in November.

Michigan law imposes a mandatory sentence of life without parole for first-degree murder, but the U.S. Supreme Court says it's unconstitutional to automatically impose the sentence on underage killers.

Prosecution and defense lawyers now will submit briefs to Judge Archie Hayman.

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