Western Michigan man who had 10-hour standoff with police sentenced in murder, sex assaults

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BIG RAPIDS, Michigan — A man who had a 10-hour standoff with police in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of murder and sexual assault.

Duncan Willis was accused of fatally shooting 58-year-old Kathleen Hawley and sexually assaulting three other women in November at a home in Mecosta Township, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press reports a judge sentenced him Wednesday to life in prison plus 202 years.

He was found guilty earlier of first-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and felony firearm.

Police say Willis kept the women and three children hostage before surrendering. Willis was a neighbor. WOOD-TV reports Willis has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2006.

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