Prison, Probation For Man Convicted Of Killing Suspected Burgler

Sentence Is Well Below Recommended Guidelines

DETROIT - The man convicted in the deadly shooting of a homeless man on Manistique Street in Detroit over 2 years ago was sentenced Friday.

32-year-old Tigh Croff was convicted of killing Herbert Silas two years ago.

Judge Michael Hathaway sentenced Detroit homeowner Tigh Croff to a mandatory two years in prison this morning for using a gun in the commission of a crime for the December 2009 killing of a suspected burglar.


Croff was also sentenced to three years' probation for manslaughter.

In August, Hathaway, ruled the case would go to the jury as manslaughter, not second-degree murder.

Hathaway called the case "textbook manslaughter."

The judge said Croff was acting under the heat of passion when he chased and killed Silas after finding him and another man trying to break into his Detroit home on Dec. 28, 2009.

Police said at 12:30 a.m., Croff began chasing two men he found standing in his back yard on the city's east side.

One of the men ran away, but 53-year-old Silas, of Detroit, turned around and had a verbal exchange with Croff, who then shot him.

Hathaway said that since Croff, 31, had been robbed two times that week, the third burglary put him over the edge and caused him to react without reflection.


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