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.”