Man gets life in prison for grandfather’s hatchet slaying

Posted at 7:55 AM, Dec 01, 2015

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the hacking and bludgeoning of his 71-year-old grandfather has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Trent Humphreys-McPherson, 26, appeared Monday in Muskegon County Circuit Court, where he was given the mandatory punishment in the case.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports he didn’t make a statement before being sentenced on the advice of his lawyer, since he faces other criminal charges.

“I shudder when I think that Mr. McPherson’s last memories of this life were his grandson — who apparently loves him — killing him with a hatchet,” Judge Timothy G. Hicks said.

Dennis McPherson was attacked Jan. 9 with a hatchet at his Muskegon Township home. Humphreys-McPherson was accused of breaking glass on a door to get into the home.