The Rainsville man accused of fatally stabbing and setting a man on fire in 2009 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.
Michael Strand Jr., 23, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, arson, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy in November. The victim in the case was 59-year-old Roberto Mendez, whose burned body was discovered in Buena Vista Ranch on June 8, 2009.
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