BAY CITY (WJRT) (6/20/2018) - The first of two people convicted in a 2016 Bay City murder was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.
Demarkeon Jackson, 21, pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of 59-year-old Steven Bouza, who died from assault and stab wounds.
Jackson was sentenced to serve at least 35 years in prison. Rodrick Williams, 17, knew Bouza after receiving help from him in the past and also is accused of Bouza's murder.
Police say Williams choked and stabbed Bouza. Then he and Jackson ransacked Bouza's home and stole several items, including money and Bouza's cars.
The two suspects are accused of returning to the crime scene 32 hours later on Thanksgiving morning to burn down the house and destroy evidence.
Jackson was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve between 35 and 60 years in prison.
Sentencing for Williams had not been scheduled on Friday. A recent Supreme Court decision is causing a delay a case because he is a minor.