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Portage man sentenced for shooting his boss to death.


CENTREVILLE  (WKZO) -- Andy Brown has been given over 37-years in prison for shooting Sturgis accountant David Locey to death just as that boss was about to expose him as an alleged embezzler.

Prosecutor John McDonough had been seeking a first degree murder conviction which would have called for life without parole.  Instead the jury found him guilty of second degree murder, not apparently convinced that the crime was premeditated. 

Andy Brown had been convicted of embezzlement before in 2004 in Kalamazoo from the County Parks Foundation and another conviction would not only end his career but probably send him to jail.

Last October on the day after Locey confronted Brown about clients complaining about  missing money, the 70-year-old Locey was found shot to death in his office.  He had been shot three times in the head. 

Brown was given 37-1/2 to 75 years for his 2nd degree murder conviction. It’s not life, but he will be 75-years old before he is eligible for parole.

That's unless Brown and his attorney can convince the Court of Appeals that he deserves a new trial. Brown maintained his innocence during the sentencing hearing and his attorney says they plan to appeal.