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The Warren Township man whose body was found in a burning car last week in Lordstown was fatally shot in the head before being set on fire.
Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said Tuesday that Michael Anderson, 23, of 7th Street, was murdered by a penetrating gunshot wound to the head.
Police said a passerby called 911 on May 14 after noticing the car on fire on an access road to a cell phone tower off Industrial Trace Road.
The case is being investigated by the state fire marshal, Lordstown police and the Trumbull County Homicide Task Force. Anderson was found burned beyond recognition in the car.
Anderson, according to a search of county records, was convicted of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in 2009.
Anderson was sentenced to serve four years in prison, three for the robbery and burglary and one for using a gun during the home invasion. He was released from prison Oct. 16 and was on parole.
Investigators said Anderson and Delsean Peterman, 18, of Youngstown, tried to rob Garland Boone, 25, in July 2008 at a Bet Mar Mobile Home Park home on Highland Avenue S.W.
Anderson and Peterman met Boone the day before through a mutual acquaintance and planned to rob him. Anderson and Peterman, both masked, forced their way into Boone’s home and beat him with a gun in front of his wife and children.
The duo knocked Boone to the ground near his table. Boone, who had taped a gun to the underside of the table, grabbed the gun and fired a shot, striking Peterman in the stomach.
The two fled to the Hampshire House apartments before they realized Peterman was shot. Peterman eventually died from the gunshot.