Convicted Murderer Could get Death Penalty in Michigan

This week, it was announced that a Detroit man may face the death penalty after a jury found him guilty of federal murder charges. The killing took place in 2001 during a fatal armed car robbery.

After deliberating for less than four hours, the jury found that 37 year old Timothy O'Reilly was guilty on three counts, which included murder, for the robbery that led to the death of 31 year old Norman Stephens, a Total Armed Services Guard.

U.S. District Court Judge Victoria Roberts reminded the 12 member jury that the guilty verdict could result in the death penalty for O'Reilly. Michigan banned the death penalty in 1847, but it is permitted in federal cases.

On December 14, 2001, shotgun carrying men aimed at Stephens' head and shot him twice. Guards were preparing to fill ATMS with case at the Dearborn Federal Credit Union when the shooting occurred.

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