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Man sentenced in slaying of Hale man found in shallow grave

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on June 13, 2018 – 12:40 amNo Comment

A young man has been sentenced to 41 to 60 years in prison for his role in the slaying of a northern Michigan man whose body was found in a shallow grave in August.

The Bay City Times reports 21 year-old Daniel J. Olar of Pontiac has been sentenced in the killing of 72 year-old Roger Lee Knickerbocker of Hale.

Olar pleaded guilty in April to second-degree murder.

Co-defendant Christopher R. Grinnell of Bay City earlier was sentenced to 22 1/2 to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Investigators say Knickerbocker was killed on or about August 3.  A tip from an arrested woman led police to Knickerbocker’s body behind his home.

Grinnell said Olar had the idea to kill Knickerbocker for money.  Olar’s defense argued that Knickerbocker assaulted Olar.

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