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Man Receives Life Sentence For Poker Home Game Murder

Quintel West Found Guilty Last Month For 2012 Crime


A Michigan man who is said to have killed another man during a botched robbery of a poker home game in 2012 received life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

24-year-old Quintel West will spend the rest of his days behind bars. He was convicted last month. The murder occurred in May of 2012.

The victim, Michael Kuhlman, reportedly was trying to block entry into his home by at least two would-be robbers by pushing against the door. West apparently fired a bullet through the door, which hit Kuhlman in the shoulder. However, he went on to die from internal bleeding because the bullet reportedly hit his lung and spine.

The victim was hosting a poker game with eight other players at the time of the crime.

West’s sentence was mandatory under the law in Michigan.

The jury reportedly deliberated for only about five hours before reaching a decision.

West reportedly had been at the property earlier that day to sell the victim cocaine and was aware that a high-stakes poker game was taking place.

The defense argued that the police didn’t look hard enough at another suspect. The case reportedly was based heavily on circumstantial evidence.

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