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Robert Jensen Schwander Re-Sentenced, 40-70 Years in Prison

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January 24, 2014 -

After a thorough explanation as to how he arrived at his decision, Judge Philip E. Rodgers Jr. told Robert Jensen Schwander he would spend 4o to 70 years in prison for murdering Carly Lewis.

Schwander was convicted of killing Lewis in 2012.

He's charged with killing the 16-year-old girl and dumping her body in a public works yard in Traverse City in the summer of 2011.

Schwander has been serving time at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee.

Emotions ran high in the Grand Traverse County Circuit courtroom Friday morning.

Jensen Schwander and his attorney Craig Elhart have been seeking a sentence that fits within guidelines typical of a second degree murder charge as the 40-70 year sentenced handed down by Judge Power exceeding those guidelines.

Schwander has been appealing his 2012 sentence, and last year Power did trim two years off his original decision.

Power was eventually removed from Schwander's case, and Judge Philip Rogers presided Friday.

Today Schwander addressed Lewis' parents, as well as his own.

Todd Lewis, Carly's Father, also made statements on behalf of Carly's friends and family.

9&10's Marisa McKay and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson were at today's hearing, and take you inside the courtroom where after Judge Rodgers told Schwander he would be reinstating the original 2012 sentence, both families had reactions and shared them with 9&10 News.