Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retrial Gives More Jail Time to Convicted Killer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retrial Gives More Jail Time to Convicted Killer

Article excerpt

A man found guilty of third-degree murder for killing a young woman and leaving her body to decompose in a basement was sentenced Tuesday to serve 22 to 45 years in prison.

A jury in October found Michael Molina, 43, guilty of the Sept. 7, 2003, beating death of Melissa Snodgrass, 21. Her body was found in the basement of a Spring Garden home six months later.

Molina went to trial in the case in 2006 and was convicted and ordered to serve 20 to 40 years in prison, but he won a retrial in November 2014, when the state Supreme Court found that the prosecution made improper statements during closing arguments.

Molina was tried again in March 2015, but that case ended when the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

Molina told Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman on Tuesday that during his imprisonment, he formed a relationship with God and now spends his time trying to counsel young people to stay away from drugs and violence. …

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