UPDATE: Farmington Hills Man Sentenced For Shooting Cousin Inside Troy Gas Station
Convicted of premeditated muder, Hayes Bacall was sentenced today to life without parole for the shooting death of his cousin inside a Troy gas station in July 2010.
A Farmington Hills man was sentenced in Oakland County Circuit Court today to life in prison for the slaying of his cousin inside a Troy gas station.
Hayes Bacall, 51, was convicted Aug. 18 in the shooting death of his nephew, Saif Jameel, 33, of Sylvan Lake. Bacall shot Jameel 10 times on July 2, 2010, inside Jameel's BP gas station, 2989 Crooks, before exiting the business and being taken into custody by officers with the Troy Police Department. Prosecutors said during the trial that Bacall shot his cousin over a debt.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said Jameel's family didn't address the court directly during Tuesday's sentencing, but expressed their appreciation to assistant prosecutor Ken Frazee, who prosecuted the case, and how much the case effected the entire family.
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot called the slaying a needless tragedy during Tuesday's sentencing, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Bacall, an Iraqi military veteran, told police after the shooting that he shot his nephew because Jameel owed him $400,000, according to testimony. Bacall was shown in a subsequent video taken from inside a Troy Police Department patrol car where he said his nephew gave him a "hard time" and that his nephew "gave me nothing" for the years that he owed him money.
Bacall was convicted of premeditated first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Premeditated first degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.