Man sentenced in Vietnam vet’s death

Eric Sear. (Courtesy the Kent County Correctional Facility)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A man convicted of killing a Vietnam veteran at a halfway house in Grand Rapids has been sentenced.

Thursday afternoon, 30-year-old Eric Sear was sentenced in Kent County Circuit Court to 35 to 90 years in prison for second-degree murder and 10 to 20 years both for larceny of a person and conspiracy to commit larceny on a person, according to the court. All sentences will run concurrently.

In March 2013, Sear was involved in the assault and robbery of Douglas Barry, 69, at a halfway house on Adams Street SE.

Residents of the house said Barry, a Vietnam War veteran, was there visiting a friend and was attacked during an argument that may have involved drinking and alcohol. He was found lying in the road later that day, and died at the hospital the next day.


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