St. Joseph man sentenced in death of man after carjacking
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A St. Joseph man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted in the death of a man injured in a carjacking.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that a Buchanan County judge sentenced Paul Belding on Friday. Belding was convicted earlier in the death of 77-year-old Richard Marion Gray. Gray died in June after trying to fight off a carjacker.
A probable cause statement says video surveillance showed Gray and Belding struggling before Belding drove off in Gray's van. The records say Gray was thrown from the van and dragged during the theft and died later at a hospital.
Belding has to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he can be considered for parole.