ANN ARBOR, Michigan — It was a time for tears and consolation. The family of a slain University of Michigan medical student on Tuesday comforted — and was comforted by — relatives of two men convicted of killing him.
Minutes after a Washtenaw County jury found Joei Jordan guilty of felony murder, home invasion and conspiracy to commit home invasion, members of Paul DeWolf's family hugged Jordan's and Dajeon Franklin's loved ones.
DeWolf's mother, Kris DeWolf, described her heart as breaking, according to The Ann Arbor News.
"We won't see Paul again, but their sons are in jail," she said.
Jordan, 21, of Sumter, South Carolina, was the third and final defendant to be convicted in the case. He faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison without parole at his sentencing March 11.
Franklin and Shaquille Jones, both 22, were convicted earlier. Franklin is serving life without parole for first-degree murder. Jones is serving 25 to 50 years for second-degree murder.
The three men were accused of breaking into Paul DeWolf's Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity near Michigan's Ann Arbor campus in July 2013. A video game system was taken and later sold for $80.
Prosecutors have said DeWolf, 25, was struggling with Franklin when the gun that killed him went off. DeWolf's body was found after he failed to appear for work at a hospital.
He was a native of Schoolcraft in southwestern Michigan and a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He was attending medical school on an Air Force scholarship and held the rank of second lieutenant.
"We know our son will be gone for a long time, and we have to deal with that," Jordan's stepfather, Derek Reese, said Tuesday. "It's just time now to start the healing process."
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