Detroit man gets life, no parole for murder of Farmington Hills convenience store owner

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PONTIAC, Michigan — A judge has sentenced a 44-year-old ex-con to the mandatory penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole for the fatal shooting of a popular Farmington Hills convenience store owner.

An Oakland County Circuit Court jury in Pontiac on Sept. 18 convicted Cassalle Nettles for the December 2013 slaying of 59-year-old Duraid Lossia at Tom's Party Store. Jurors found the Detroit man guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery and other charges.

Judge Daniel P. O'Brien issued the sentence Monday.

The Oakland Press reports that Nettles has served at least 20 years in prison for armed robbery, drug peddling and other crimes. It says he left prison in 2011 after serving 13 years for robbery.

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