The widow of an Australian real estate developer gunned down by a Detroit lottery millionaire has delivered a heart-breaking courtroom address at the killer's sentencing.
After Katie Cristina Scartezini-McNicol completed her address in the Detroit court, Judge Linda Parker sentenced Freddie Young to a maximum 35-year prison sentence.
A jury took just 30 minutes last month to convict Young, 63, of second degree murder for shooting dead Greg McNicol on May 7 last year.
"Mr Young, I've watched you throughout the trial, sitting there as if you were the victim and Greg was the perpetrator ... today is the day for a reality check," Ms Scartezini-McNicol told Young at Wednesday's sentencing in a downtown Detroit courtroom.
The court heard Young's daughter was a tenant in an apartment complex Mr McNicol bought in Detroit and she was behind on rent.
Young, a US postal worker who was part of a 13-member syndicate that won $US29 million in a Mega Millions lottery in February last year, felt Mr McNicol had disrespected his daughter.
Young armed himself with a .44-calibre revolver, drove to the apartment complex and shot Mr McNicol, who was organising a Mother's Day barbecue for his tenants.
The bullet severed an artery near Mr McNicol's groin and he bled to death while on the phone to a 911 emergency operator.
"I have no reason to celebrate the fact that you are going to jail because this is not going to bring my precious love back home, but I'm relieved you are going to jail," Ms Scartezini-McNicol said.
Mr McNicol, 46, was raised on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and moved to the US in 1998 where he used his experience as a building inspector and project manager to snap up investment properties in recession-hit areas of the US, including Detroit, Toledo and Missouri.
Mr McNicol bought the dilapidated 10-unit Detroit apartment block in Detroit for just $US35,000 in January, 2011.
Young's daughter, 20-year-old Ayana, was more than $US1000 in arrears with her rent.
Despite pocketing $US1.57 million in the lottery win, Young kept working at his job as a US postal worker until his arrest a few days after the shooting.The prison sentence has a minimum 20-year term.
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