Detroit serial killer sentenced 45 to 70 years in prison

DeAngelo Martin was sentenced for 4 victims

Deangelo Martin allegedly left a serial killer signature in each case. In many cases, he left a victim’s sock and took the time to position each body in a particular way, according to authorities.

DETROIT – DeAngelo Martin had police and the entire city on edge for days back in 2019, and Thursday the convicted serial killer learned his sentence.

Martin was sentenced by Judge Regina Thomas to four concurrent Second-Degree Murder for 45 to 70 years.

The four women killed were:

  • Nancy Harrison -- Body discovered on March 19, 2019, on Coventry Street -- she is considered the first victim.
  • Travesene Ellis -- Body discovered May 24, 2019, on Linnhurst Street -- she is considered the second victim.
  • Tamara M. Jones -- was found in a vacant house on Mack Avenue on June 5, 2019.
  • Annetta Nelson -- the 58-year-old mother of two, was found dead on Detroit’s west side.

He also has a concurrent sentence of 20 to 40 years in connection to two other criminal sexual conduct cases.

Harrison’s brother, father and daughter spoke Thursday during the sentencing. Ellis’ daughter and Nelson’s twin sisters also spoke.

In court, Martin did apologize to victims’ families but also mentioned he planned to return to court because he did not do it. Martin pled guilty to charges related to the four murders back in September.

Previous coverage: Suspected Detroit serial killer pleads guilty to all 6 cases, to serve 45-70 years in prison


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