71-year-old man sentenced to 50 years in prison for South Bend murder


A 71-year-old man who shot and killed a South Bend man in an unprovoked attack will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Michael Young was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for murdering 27-year-old Markest Flowers.

The shooting happened outside of LaSalle Grill on May 31 of last year. Young was looking for the person who be felt took his friend’s money. He tracked Flowers and then shot him in the face.

ABC 57 is reporting that both Young’s wife and son asked that he be placed in a hospital, saying that Young suffers from PTSD from the Vietnam War. Young himself then stated three consecutive times “I’m not a racist. I am not a racist. I am not a racist” and said he took offense to being called that.

Despite the pleas, ABC 57 reports the judge said that the incident didn’t have to happen, that Young chose to make the incident happen and gave him the 50 year sentence.



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