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      Murdock sentencing battle not over

      An Alger County man convicted of killing his girlfriend when he backed over her with his truck will be receiving yet another sentence. That's according to Alger County prosecutor Karen Bahrman, who made an usual request of the state court of appeals.

      Thomas Murdock was found guilty of operating while intoxicated, causing death. The victim was his then girlfriend, Lisa Hardwick.

      Originally, Judge William Carmody sentenced Murdock to a minimum of two years in prison, which is less than the sentencing guidelines. The first appeal by Bahrman was granted by the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the case was sent back to Judge Carmody. He upheld his original sentence.

      Prosecutor Bahrman made a rare move, and submitted a peremptory reversal to the court of appeals. That reversal was granted. This means that a new judge will be assigned to sentence Thomas Murdock. The court administrator will decide who that judge is, after which a new sentencing date will be scheduled.