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Man who tortured, killed Lakewood man gets 27+ years

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm with 9 Comments »
March 30, 2012 4:47 pm

A 26-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to 27 years, four months in prison for murdering a man who was tortured on videotape before being killed.

Michael Crosman pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of first-degree murder in the July 2010 death of Albert Keith Roberts, 50, who died in a Lakewood apartment.

Prosecutors contended Crosman helped kidnap and torture Roberts before killing him by crushing his skull with a weight-lifting plate. Evidence against Crosman included a videotape that showed someone shoving a screwdriver into Roberts’ neck.

The victim’s body was discovered later near Harts Lake in East Pierce County.

Prosecutors said Crosman and another man attacked Roberts at the behest of Randy Harbin, who was upset with Roberts because he thought he’d stolen a car filled with Harbin’s drugs.

Harbin was charged with murder but died of natural causes before going to trial.

Maalo Samaota pleaded guilty in November to first-degree murder for helping Crosman kidnap Roberts. He’s to be sentenced next month.

Four others were charged with assisting in the crime. Three have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. The fourth awaits trial.

Dora Roberts, the victim’s daughter, wrote a letter to Superior Court Katherine Stolz asking for justice for her father, who had five children.

“The impact this brutal, unnecessary murder of my father has had on my life is crazy and beyond words,” Roberts wrote. “I can’t see myself forgiving any of you.”


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  1. Why only 27 years for a torture-murder? Seems to me at least life without parole or an execution would be more fitting.

  2. Larryb253 says:

    I would guess it was a plea to testify against Harbin. But since he has died they can sentence them all now. The last guy awaiting trial will probably get the stiffest sentence.

  3. talesbyfirelight says:

    I pray for you Dora and your brothers and sisters that you find the peace that only comes through Jesus Christ. This story is such sad proof that a life lived without the Savior leads to only misery and darkness, and the life portrayed as so glamorous by the Devil doesn’t really exist.

  4. Cerealkiller says:

    Punishment does not fit the crime. Getting off way too easy. Life with no parole/ death penalty would be more appropriate

  5. A man in Montana convicted of rape and assault on 2 women was sentenced to 100 years and no parole. Washington is very lax in punishment. Thanks you, you spineless legislators…all of you.

  6. Larryb253 says:

    But wouldn’t you agree that raping women is worse than killing a thief?

  7. Randall Harbin had NOTHING to do with the kidnapping or murder of this man. This was all Crosman and the others. Randy did have a car stolen by KoolAid, but it was barely running, didn’t lock and had to be started with a screw driver. NO DRUGS or MONEY were in that car. It was Crosman’s car that was jacked with the drugs and money in it. Randy did go by the apartment where koolaid was held but just to get his car back. The prosecutor tried to tie Randy into this because Lakewood was trying to kill two birds with one stone and get some “bad guys” off their streets even if they had to fabricate a case against Randy (he had beaten several of their drug charges). They tried for 8 months to build a case, in violation of Randy’s Right to a Speedy trial which he NEVER waived his right to, and he was finally released from Jail in early December, at the recommendation of the prosecutor, and the judge when it was determined the prosecutor’s office had no evidence to bring Randy to trial. Randy’s bond was reduced from $1 million to $5000.00. Now, do you really think they would let a murderer out of jail on $5000.00 whether he was ill or not? Think about it.

  8. Larryb253 says:

    Sounds like Randy was a productive member of society.

  9. Randy did have a “colorful” past. But, iveygirl is right.

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