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Victim's son to killer: "You are sick."

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(01/13/14) - A Saginaw County man will probably spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a man - a man the killer says "would have helped anyone."

Anthony Clapper plead guilty to second degree murder last month for killing Bridgeport Township businessman Jim Owens in June.

The plea agreement meant Clapper could have been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison. The judge in the case went well above that.

"It's been a tough seven months," said Derrel Owens, of Chicago.

Derrel describes what his family has gone through since June 11, when his father, 77-year-old Jim Owens, was found dead in his Bridgeport Township home.

Anthony Clapper plead guilty to second degree murder and other crimes related to Jim's death.

"He worked for my dad, my dad gave him, helped him out," Derrel said.

During his victim's impact statement, Derrel gave the first public description of how Clapper killed Jim.

"Bashed him in the head, with a large wrench, and then cut his throat," he said.

Derrel addressed Clapper when describing how he left the home, and then came back to rob it.

"You are a sick man, bud," he said.

When he addressed the court, Clapper agreed.

"I was sick, I was on drugs, it doesn't make it better, but, I am sorry," Clapper said.

Clapper called Jim a nice man who would have helped anyone that needed it. Then, Circuit Court Judge Robert Kaczmarek sentenced him to life in prison, even though the 36-year-old defendant could have gotten a 26 year term for the crime.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Boyd says the second degree murder plea was agreed to because a life prison sentence was still an option.

"We had confidence in the court that the appropriate sentence would be handed down," Boyd said.

Derrel says he is satisfied with sentence. He expects it to help the family continue healing.

"It's hard to explain to the kids and the grandkids, those are difficult items, but you have to heal and move on and I think today was a good step in that direction," he said.

Clapper will be eligible for parole but its not clear when he will get his first chance before a parole board.

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