Robert Gaines, accused in the 1993 murder of 8-year-old Lativia Johnson, learned his fate Monday in a Grand Rapids courtroom.
Gaines was sentenced Monday, after being found guilty of second degree murder in December. The judge, showing displeasure with Gaines, went above and beyond the recommended punishment for the crime, sentencing Gaines to 30 to 60 years in prison.
The judge cited the pain caused Johnson's family over the past 18 years, and Gaines' covering up and threatening of potential witnesses.
Co-conspirator Bobby Brown pleaded guilty to being an accomplice in the murder, and was sentenced to a minimum of 23 years in prison in 2011.