Michael Shoun sentenced to life without parole for stabbing death of 17-year-old girl

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By: Associated Press

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — An Elkhart County man convicted of fatally stabbing a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Michael Shoun stabbed Tiana Alter and mutilating her body at his home near Elkhart in November 2013. Authorities say Shoun and the victim were high on synthetic marijuana at the time.

A jury convicted Shoun after deliberating for two hours on Dec. 2. Jurors recommended a sentence of life without parole.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker says synthetic marijuana is a problem in Elkhart County. Becker says the prosecutor’s office and police have cracked down on several stores in the city of Elkhart that sold synthetic marijuana.