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Mich. teen who killed brother gets up to 40 years in prison


Updated: Thursday, March 3, 2016, 11:52 AM

The Michigan teen who fatally shot his brother after chillingly declaring, “let’s see if it’s your lucky day” sobbed in court as he learned he’ll spend up to 40 years behind bars.

Riley Spitler, 17, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison Wednesday for the 2014 killing of his brother Patrick, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported.

The teen was convicted in January of second-degree murder, which the boys’ father fiercely contested. Spitler told cops he pointed the gun at his brother, but didn’t expect it to go off.

“We understand Riley has to be punished, that he acted in a reckless manner, but I’m also his father and I don’t want to lose my second son,” dad Brian Spitler told the court during the Wednesday sentencing hearing. “It is my contention the jury got the verdict wrong.”

Spitler cried as his father addressed the court.


Riley Spitler cries as he listens to his father speak during his sentencing in front of Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain Wednesday.


Riley Spitler was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.


But Circuit Court Judge John McBain ultimately defended the jury’s conviction and sentenced the teen to the hefty prison term. The judge also handed down two, two-year sentences for two counts of felony possession of firearms and a two-to-four year sentence of marijuana possession.

“Every kid in this county who hears about this case shouldn’t have to read (I sentenced you) to three or four years for what you did. I’m going to sentence you to what the jury convicted you of,” he said in court.

McBain detailed his ruling and called the 2014 gun death “tragic.”

“What happened to your brother was a tragedy … Everything I have heard about your brother was he was a Grade A, great kid,” McBain said. “It’s not just the Spitler family who’s a victim here … the whole community is a victim.”

Patrick Spitler was killed in December 2014.GoFundMe

Patrick Spitler was found dead in his bedroom on Dec. 15 2014. Riley Spitler later admitted that he shot his brother. He told detectives that he pointed the loaded gun at his brother’s chest and said, “Let’s see if it’s your lucky day.”

Spitler didn’t think the gun would go off and never wanted his brother dead, he told cops.

During the investigation, police found four handguns and a hefty supply of marijuana — four gallon-sized baggies and a mason jar full.

Spitler will be eligible for parole when he is 37 years old.

With News Wire Services


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