Man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend before shootout

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his girlfriend before exchanging gunfire with officers on a freeway in western Michigan has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Thirty-four-year-old Adam Nolin was given the mandatory punishment Monday after a Kent County jury convicted him in June.

He declined to make a statement at the hearing.

There was no dispute that Nolin fatally shot Tia Randall at her home in Wyoming, near Grand Rapids, last September.

His lawyer insisted Nolin acted impulsively, not with premeditation.

Nolin called his mother after the shooting.

She alerted authorities in the Grand Rapids area.

Prosecutors said Nolin was upset because Randall was interested in another man.

After the shooting, police chased Nolin on U.S. 131.

He shot at officers and was struck by a patrol car.

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